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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 21, 2006

Winning ways continue for softball

PITTSBURG, Kan.- Northwest Missouri State softball picked up a pair of key MIAA road victories Friday afternoon against Pittsburg State, winning 3-0 in Game 1 and picking up a come-from-behind win in 10 innings in Game 2, 4-3.

The Bearcats (33-11, 10-4 MIAA) got a three-hit performance from freshman pitcher Cola Kreuger in the first game of the twinbill. Kreuger improved her record to 11-2 on the year. Offensively, the Bearcats caught fire early, when Crystal Gustin's double knocked in Tristin Brown to give Northwest a 1-0 lead.

The only other runs scored came in Northwest's half of the third. Lindsay Stephenson scored on an Ashley Pride double. Pride's pinch runner Megan Stalder then scored on a fielder's choice.

In Game 2, Northwest needed a game-winning single in the 10th inning from Sarah Johnson to get the victory. Johnson knocked in Pride, who began the inning on second base due to the international tie-breaker rule. Pride advanced to third on a sacrifice hit from Janelle Krohn.

Northwest fell behind 3-0 after the third inning and didn't score until the fifth.

Kelly Morris picked up the win in the second contest. She came on in relief of Lauren Lakebrink after 2.1 innings. Morris is 9-5 on the year.

Northwest is back in action Saturday afternoon at Missouri Southern. First pitch is at noon.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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