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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 14, 2004

No. 17 Bearcats Split Twinbill With Nebraska-Omaha

Bearcat Numbers

Game 1
NWMSU 7 6 1
UNO 11 15 0

WP: Jon Christiansen (1-0)
LP: Justin Hildebrand (1-1)

Extra Base Hits
HR: Drew Mettille (1)
2B: Michael French (4), Seth Evans (2), Ryley Westman (2)

Game 2
NWMSU 8 6 3
UNO 3 9 3

WP: David Dugan (3-0)
LP: Weston Cooper (1-1)

Extra Base Hits
HR: Brad Schwarz (2), Michael French (1)

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a doubleheader against Nebraska-Omaha Sunday afternoon at Bearcat Field. The Mavericks took game one, 11-7, and the 'Cats bounced back to win the second game, 8-3. Northwest is now 13-6 on the season.

The Mavericks wasted no time jumping on Bearcat starter Justin Hildebrand, as the first two batters singled. After a fly ball, Lee Kramolisch doubled to drive home both runners and give the Mavericks an early lead.

The 'Cats answered in the bottom of the frame, as Marcus West (Jr., Kansas City, Mo.) singled and then advanced to second on a balk. Two batters later, West moved to third on another balk by the UNO starter, which was followed by a walk to Kyle Gallagher (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.). This brought Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa) to the plate with two runners on base, and Mettille hammered a high fast ball to left field that left the yard in a hurry. Mettille's first home run of the season put the 'Cats in front 3-2.

The Mavericks scored three runs of their own in the stop of the second, and the UNO pitching staff tightened up, as Northwest scored just one run over the next five innings. After the Mavericks scored three runs in the top of the ninth, the Bearcats put together a small rally, pushing three runs across, but it was not enough. UNO took game one, 11-7.

Game two belonged to the Bearcats from the beginning. After starter David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) mowed down the Mavericks in the first inning, the Bearcat offense struck for three runs in the bottom of the frame. The inning was highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Brad Schwarz (Sr., Johnston, Iowa) after two errors and a walk by the Mavericks.

The Bearcats would score two runs in the third and three in the fourth, capped by a three-run homer from Michael French (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) to put the 'Cats up 8-0. Those eight runs were more than enough for Dugan, who allowed just three hits over the first five innings.

For the game, Dugan gave up just three runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking just one. Dugan was able to pitch around three Bearcat errors to pick up his third win of the season and the first complete game by a Bearcat pitcher this season.

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