March 24, 2004
Bearcats Split Doubleheader With Missouri Western
WP: Lee King (5-0)
Extra Base Hits
WP: JR Servatius (2-0)
Extra Base Hits
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- After dropping the first game of a doubleheader, 10-3, to Missouri Western, the Northwest Missouri State baseball team took game two, 6-3, Wednesday afternoon at Bearcat Field. The Bearcats now stand at 16-10 on the year, 2-4 in the MIAA.
The 'Cats struck early in the second game, taking advantage of two errors by the Griffons. After the first two batters reached, Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa) singled to left to plate two, after two throwing errors had put Bearcat runners at second and third.
The score remained 2-0 in favor of Northwest until the fourth inning. The Griffons plated a single run in the fourth, before putting together a rally in the fifth. With the bases loaded a one out, Brett Bognar (Jr., St. Charles, Mo.) came on in relief for starter JR Servatius (Jr., Ottawa, Kan.). Bognar struck out the first batter he faced, but the next batter, Western's Josh Small , singled to drive home two runs to give the Griffons a 3-2 lead.
The Bearcats answered in the bottom of the inning, after a lead-off single and a stolen base turned into a run on a single by David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.). Bognar held Missouri Western scoreless in the top of the sixth to keep the score tied at 3-3 and keep the 'Cats in position for the win.
Senior Brad Schwarz (Johnston, Iowa) led off the bottom of the sixth by clubbing his third home run of the season over the left-field wall to give the 'Cats a one-run lead. Northwest would tag on two more insurance runs to take a 6-3 lead. Matt Coons (So., Dearborn, Mo.) pitched a one-two-three seventh to pick up his fifth save and give the Bearcats the win.
In game one, the 'Cats were plagued by defensive woes. Northwest committed a season-high six errors, which led to six unearned runs, as the Griffons won 10-3. Missouri Western plated five runs, all unearned, in the third, and the Bearcats could never get the offense going, as they managed only seven hits. Lee King went the distance for Missouri Western, striking out nine Bearcat hitters and walking only one.
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