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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 25, 2006

Krueger and Santiago Earn MIAA Players of the Week

Courtesy MIAA Sports Information

Santiago-Bernier, a 5-foot-3 junior from Omaha, Neb., scored a game-winning run, hit a game-winning home run and sent a game to extra innings with a homer during a 6-0 week for the Bearcats.

Against Truman on April 18, she led off the third inning with a double, and scored what would be the only run of the first game two batters later.

In game two against the Bulldogs, Santiago-Bernier socked her first home run of the season to lead off the third inning, and it held up for another 1-0 win.

She went 1-for-3 in the first game of the Friday (April 21) doubleheader at Pittsburg State (a 3-0 win), then in the nightcap sent the game to extra innings with a two-run four-bagger in the top of the seventh. Northwest went on to complete the sweep, 4-3.

She was held hitless for the first time in five games when she was 0-of-2 with a sacrifice in the Bearcats' 1-0 game-one win at Missouri Southern, Santiago-Bernier singled and scored in Northwest's three-run fifth inning which helped secure a 5-0 victory in the second game.

Santiago-Bernier, who hit .400 (6-of-15) for the week, is a graduate of Westside High School.

Previous Winners: 3/14 -- Bree Beattie, SS, ESU; 3/21 -- Kala Huske, 1B, WU; 3/28 -- Ashley Pride, 3B, NWMSU; 4/4 -- Mandi Daigh, C, WU; 4/11 -- Loni Wedemeier, DP/P, TSU; 4/18 -- Jennifer Dace, 1B, ESU.

Others Nominated: Christen Belcher, RF, TSU; Brooke DeVader, SS, WU; Nicole Heineman, OF, MWSU; Megan Hollenbach, C, CMSU.

Krueger, a 5-foot-8 freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., tossed three shutouts for the Bearcats last week, including a pair of 1-0 efforts, all on the road.

She scattered two hits and walked two at Truman April 18, striking out seven. After allowing a lead-off single to start the game, Krueger sat down 11 in a row (four on strikes) before giving up a base on balls in the fourth.

At Pittsburg State Friday (April 21), Krueger allowed three hits and struck out four for a 3-0 win over the Gorillas. She retired 17 of the first 18 batters she faced, including 11 in a row after allowing a lead-off double in the third.

The next day at Missouri Southern, she allowed two hits and two walks for a 1-0 win. With the game scoreless, Krueger worked out of a two-on, two-out situation, finishing the game by retiring the last seven batters she faced.

Krueger is a graduate of Blue Springs South High School.

Previous Winners: 3/14 -- Melissa Stevens, RHP, ESU; 3/21 -- Courtney Reed, RHP, ESU; 3/28 -- Nicole Krueger, RHP, NWMSU; 4/4 -- Kelly Swygart, RHP, WU; 4/11 -- Courtney Reed, RHP, ESU; 4/18 -- Courtney Reed, RHP, ESU.

Others Nominated: Melissa Stevens, RHP, ESU; Kelly Swygert, RHP, WU; Loni Wedemeier, RHP, TSU; Dana Wertz, RHP, MWSU.

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

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