March 1, 2004
No. 20 Northwest Holds Off No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic
WP: David Dugan (2-0)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The 20th-ranked Northwest Missouri State University baseball team edged No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State University Monday afternoon at Pirate Field. It was the third game for Northwest at the Savannah Invitational, hosted by Armstrong Atlantic.
The Bearcats scored three runs in the second inning and got a strong pitching performance to hang on for the victory. Ryley Westman (Fr., Smithville, Mo.) delivered a one-out, three-run double in the top of the second to account for all three of the Bearcat runs.
David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) allowed just three hits in seven-plus innings to pick up the win and move his record to 2-0. Matt Coons (Soph., Dearborn, Mo.) pitched the eighth and ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Kyle Gallagher (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.) got things started with a single off the glove of Armstrong Atlantic shortstop Adam Pelley to lead off the second inning. Andrew Donovan (Sr., Ballwin, Mo.) followed with another single. A John White (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) sacrifice moved the runners to second and third. Coons, who started at first base, drew a one-out walk to load the bases.
Westman then delivered the big blow. He lined a shot off Pirate starter Leon Boyd into the left-field corner for a double, plating all three Bearcat runners and giving the 'Cats a 3-0 advantage.
It looked like that's all Dugan would need. The senior left-hander cruised through seven innings, never allowing an Armstrong Atlantic runner past second base. He retired the Pirates in order in four of his seven innings pitched. Dugan finally ran into some trouble in the top of the eighth. Dugan allowed a leadoff single to Sean Hotzak and a walk to pinch-hitter Kyle Maddux to start the inning.
Coons came on in relief and gave up a bunt single to Brandon Nunez, loading the bases with nobody out. Hotzak scored when Northwest second baseman Seth Evans committed the Bearcats' only error of the game, making it 3-1. Adam Pelley then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, pushing another run across and leaving a runner at third with two outs. After Michael Pelley reached on a catcher's interference call, Coons got George Fletcher to fly out to right field, ending the threat and giving Northwest a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth.
Coons retired the Pirates in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his fourth save and give Northwest the one-run victory.
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