Feb. 14, 2004
Bearcats Earn Split at Northeastern
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team kicked off the 2004 season, splitting a double-header with Northeastern State Saturday in Tahlequah, Okla.
The Redmen of NSU dominated game one, scoring a single run in the second inning and two in the third. Heading into the seventh inning, Northeastern held a 6-0 lead when the Bearcats began putting something together.
Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa) led off the inning with a single, which was followed by an Andrew Donovan (Sr., Ballwin, Mo.) single to put runners on first and second. Kyle Gallagher loaded the bases with a single, which brought David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) to the plate.
Dugan grounded into a double play, scoring Mettille to put Northwest on the board. Pinch-hitter Brad Schwarz (Sr., Johnston, Iowa) grounded out to end the inning and the game. Northeastern took game one, 6-1.
In game two, the 'Cats struck first when Seth Evans (Jr., Lexon, Iowa) singled with two outs in the third and advanted to second on a wild pitch. Mettille doubled, scoring Evans from second, putting Northwest up 1-0.
The fourth inning was the biggest inning of the day for the Bearcats. With one out, Dugan walked and advanced to second on a walk to John White (Fr., Omaha, Neb.). Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, and Dugan scored on a sacrifice by Mike French (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) to put the 'Cats up 2-0.
After a walk and a stolen base by Cameron Dodd (Jr., Manteca, Calif.), Gallagher doubled to drive home White and Dodd and put Northwest up by a score of 4-0.
Northwest struck again in the fifth, when Donovan singled with one out and Brad Schwarz (Sr., Johnston, Iowa) doubled, putting runners at second and third for Dugan. Following an intentional walk to Dugan, White singled driving in Donovan and Schwarz to give the Bearcats a six-run lead.
Northeastern put together a rally in the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits, including two doubles and a sacrifice fly. The Redmen pulled to within three heading into the seventh inning.
The Redmen refused to go down without a fight, stringing together two singles and taking advantage of a wild pitch by Derek Hill (Soph., Gladstone, Mo.). However, Northeastern came up short, scoring just two run and leaving three men on base, as the 'Cats took the game, 6-5.
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