March 21, 2004
'Cats Split Twinbill at Emporia State
WP:David Dugan (4-0)
Extra Base Hits
WP: G. Medina (3-2)
Extra Base Hits
EMPORIA, Kan. -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon against Emporia State. The Bearcats took game one, 3-1, and the Hornets came back to capture the nightcap, 5-4. The 'Cats now stand at 15-9 on the season, 1-3 in the MIAA.
Pitching was the theme of the first game, as both pitchers went the distance, giving up just six hits each. The 'Cats got on the board first, scratching across a run in the second when Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa) drove home Brad Schwarz (Sr., Johnston, Iowa) on a sacrifice fly after Schwarz had tripled to center.
Northwest struck again in the third, when Matt Coons (Soph., Dearborn, Mo.) led off with a double and came around to score on a John White (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) groundout to the shortstop. The 'Cats pushed across a single run in the fourth to make it a 3-0 advantage.
The Hornets managed to score in the bottom of the fourth, but the game belonged to pitcher David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.). For his second consecutive start, Dugan pitched a complete game. He gave up six hits, one earned run and stuck out eight without walking a single batter.
Game two saw the Hornets jump out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the opening frame on starter Justin Hildabrand (Fr., St. Joseph, Mo.). The Bearcats answered in the top of the second, after Seth Evans (Jr., Lenox, Iowa) was hit by a pitch. Evans scored on a double by Ryley Westman and then scored on a single by Coons. Northwest tied the game at 3-3 after scoring a single run in the top of the third.
The game remained tied until the Bearcats' half of the sixth inning. The 'Cats played small ball, using a sacifice bunt off Westman's bat and a fly ball from Coons to advance lead-off batter Evans to third. A double by Cameron Dodd (Jr., Manteca, Calif.) plated to Evans to put Northwest in front 4-3, heading into the bottom of the sixth.
The 'Cats recorded two quick outs before a single, a stolen base and an error tied the game. A Hornet double to right put Emporia State in front for good at 5-4. The 'Cats were held scoreless in the seventh en route to the defeat.
Jeremy Tapps (Jr., Des Moines, Iowa) took the loss, going 4.2 innings and giving up just three hits. He surrendered two runs and struck out two, while walking just one. Tapps came on in relief in the second inning.
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