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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 10, 2007

Johnson, Simpson Named to NFCA Coaches' All-Region Second Team; Krueger Mentioned as CoSIDA Academic All-District

Sarah Johnson Megan Simpson Cola Krueger
Sarah Johnson Megan Simpson Cola Krueger
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Northwest Missouri State senior catcher Sarah Johnson (Olathe, Kan.) and sophomore designated player Megan Simpson (Blue Springs, Mo.) have been honored on the 2007 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division II All-North Central Region Second Team, announced yesterday (May 9) by the national coaches' organization. Also, sophomore pitcher Cola Krueger (Blue Springs, Mo.) earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 College Division Second Team accolades, announced today (May 10).

Johnson was a three-year fixture at Northwest after transferring from Johnson County (Kan.) Community College. An All-MIAA Second Team pick, Johnson was first on the team with 12 doubles, which tied for third in the MIAA (.31/game). In 39 games, she ranked second on the team in batting average (.346), home runs (9) and RBIs (32). Sarah strung together a team-best 12-game hitting streak earlier this season when she batted 19-for-43 (.442) with 14 RBIs, eight runs scored and two homers.

Her 11 multi-hit games were the fourth-most on the team and she compiled seven games of multiple-RBI games. Johnson ends her career with 20 home runs, good for third-most in the school record books and 10th in career RBIs (70).

"I am happy for Sarah," said head coach Ryan Anderson. "It was good to see her finish up her career with a great season. She was very steady for us the whole year and came through in some key situations.,"

A graduate of Blue Springs South High School, Simpson led the team with 10 home runs, which tied for the third best mark in season history at Northwest. Simpson was honored on the All-MIAA Honorable Mention Team after hitting .333 in 43 games and posting 27 runs and 29 RBIs. She already stands sixth in career homers (17).

Megan started 21 games at designated player, 17 games in left field, three games at 1B and one game in right field. During the week of March 12-19, Megan won MIAA Hitter of the Week accolades when she hit 9-for-20 (.450) with 11 runs scored, seven RBIs and five homers. She hit four solo bombs during a five at-bat stretch and had three multi-hit games during that stretch.

"Megan has not only been consistent with her home runs but her average this season," said Anderson. "After losing three senior outfielders this season, she has a great chance to fill in one of those spots in 2008."

Coming off a 2006 campaign in which she won MIAA Freshman of the Year honors, Krueger finished with a 12-8 record on the mound. She was an All-MIAA Honorable Mention pick this year as she ranked eighth in the conference with a 2.48 ERA. She led the club in starts (22) and innings pitched (135.1) while posting 81 strikeouts. Winning her last three decisions on the year, Cola whiffed a season-high 10 batters twice including a six-hit effort against Southwest Baptist (Apr. 20).

She already stands tied for sixth on the Northwest career charts with 10 shutouts, is sixth in strikeouts (175) and tied for ninth in wins (27).

"I know that Cola strives to do her best both on the field and in the class room," said Anderson. "I am happy that it (hard work) is paying off for her."

The Bearcats ended their season with a 25-18 overall record and a No. 5 seed in the MIAA Tournament. Earlier in the season, Northwest was ranked in the NFCA Coaches' Poll three times reaching as high as No. 22 (March 7).

Northwest extended its school record streak to eight straight seasons of 20-plus wins.

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