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Central's Act of Sportsmanship Captures Country's Attention

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FROM CWU Media Relations:

ELLENSBURG, Wash. --  The story of the Central Washington University softball team and its act of sportsmanship this past Saturday is receiving national attention.

The story of how Wildcat first baseman Mallory Holtman (White Salmon, Wash./Columbia HS) and shortstop Liz Wallace (Florence, Mont./Florence-Carlton HS) helped Western Oregon sr.outfielder Sara Tucholsky around the bases after an unfortunate injury during her home run trot was first told on ESPN.com on Monday. Since the story broke on the web site, phone calls and e-mails from numerous media outlets have poured in, as have generic e-mails from across the country complimenting the Wildcat student-athletes on their act of sportsmanship.

By rule, Tucholsky's homer would not have counted if her own teammates helped her around the bases. Central's players decided to help, even though it cost them a run. It was Tucholsky's first --and last- career home run.

Included among the media sources with coverage of this story have been WCBS Radio in New York City and the New York Times, which will publish a story in its Wednesday edition. Reporters from elsewhere in the country, including St. Louis, Mo., have also called with story inquiries, as have numerous media outlets in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Stories are likely to appear in The Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Ore.) and the Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.), among other outlets, in the coming days.

Although no video footage of the event has been documented, two photographs by Blake Wolf have been obtained, distributed, and will likely appear to accompany media coverage of the event.

Be sure to visit www.wildcatsports.com, the official athletics web site of Central Washington University, for updated links to stories as they are made available online.