Feb. 29, 2004
'Cats Take Two From Queens
WP: Alex Budden (1-1)
WP: Justin Hildebrand (1-0)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team won its first two games of the Armstrong Atlantic Invitational Tournament, downing Queens College 14-0 in the first game and 4-1 in the second contest.
Things started off very well for the Northwest offense in game one. The first eight Bearcat batters reached before Queens recorded the first out of the inning. Ryley Westman (Fr., Smithville, Mo.) notched a bases-loaded single that drove home two runs to highlight the 10-run Bearcat first.
Northwest, helped by two Queens' errors in the innings, tallied those 10 runs on eight hits. The 'Cats scored two runs in each of the next two innings, and that was all the offense that would be seen for the rest of the game.
Alex Budden (Soph., Granville, Iowa) picked up his first win of the season by going five innings, giving up three hits, no runs and striking out three.
Game two turned out to be a battle of pitching and defense, with neither team scoring until Queens came up with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. The Bearcats answered in the top of the sixth.
Cameron Dodd (Jr., Menteca, Calif.) led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa). Andrew Donovan (Sr., Ballwin, Mo.) came through with a single, scoring Dodd to tie the game. Following a stolen base by Donovan and a fly out, John White (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) singled to bring home Donovan to put the 'Cats in front for good.
After another stolen base for the 'Cats, Queens was forced to bring in a new pitcher. The Queens' defense soon let the new mound man down, committing an error on a ball off the bat of David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) that scored White from second.
The Bearcats played small ball again in the seventh to add an insurance run and go on to the 4-1 win. Justin Hildebrand (Fr., St. Joseph, Mo.) earned his first collegiate win, going five innings, giving up three hits, one run and striking out two. Matt Coons (Soph., Dearborn, Mo.) pitched the seventh to earn his third save on the season.
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