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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

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April 13, 2012

Bearcats split with Lady Blues

Game 1 l Game 2

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State softball team got back to their winnings ways Friday afternoon as they split a double header against the Washburn Lady Blues winning 8-2 before falling 4-1 in the nightcap.

With the split, Northwest now sits at 15-27 overall and 5-11 in conference play with just six games remaining on their regular season schedule.

Game one saw the Lady Blues jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning before the Bearcats’ bats would come alive collecting ten hits including two home runs.

Kristine Labertew would even the score for Northwest at 1-1 in the fourth when she belted a solo home run to left center, her fourth home run of the season.

Washburn plated one run in the fifth to take the 2-1 advantage but the Bearcats would strike in the home half of the fifth plating three runs thanks to a Kristine Uthe home run.

The Bearcat upped their lead to 8-2 in the sixth off of hits from Kristine Labertew, Molly Baker, Jordan Ereth and Hailee Hendricks.

Jenna Creger earned the win on the mound for the Bearcats pitching five innings while allowing six hits and striking out three.

Paige Blythe recorded her first save of the season pitching two innings of relief for Northwest.  Blythe allowed just one hit while striking out one.

Hendricks, Labertew and Baker recorded multiple-hits for the Bearcats.

Game two would see the Lady Blues’ pitching take over as Washburn starter Kayla Oldham would pitch the complete game while allowing just four hits leading the Lady Blues to the 4-1 victory.

Washburn would plate all four of their runs in the third while the Bearcats would finally get on the board in the home half of the seventh thanks to a Kylie Cantrell RBI plating pinch runner Jordan Gadbois.

Molly Baker led the Bearcats offensively in game two recording two hits in the nightcap while Hailee Hendricks and Kayli Schurman would also record hits for Northwest in the loss.

On the mound for Northwest, Abbie Vitosh would record the loss pitching just over three innings.

Up Next: Due to impending weather, the Bearcats Saturday doubleheader with the Fort Hays State Tigers has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17.  First pitch from Bearcat Field is slated for 11 a.m.


For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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