March 29, 204
Bearcats Sweep Doubleheader at Truman State
WP: David Dugan (5-0)
Extra Base Hits
WP: Jeremy Teter (3-1)
Extra Base Hits
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- Pitching ruled the day, as the Northwest Missouri State baseball team swept a doubleheader from Truman State Monday afternoon. The Bearcats took game one, 5-4, and the nightcap, 2-0. The 'Cats are now 18-10 on the year, 4-4 in the MIAA.
Truman State struck first in game one, plating a single run in the third and fourth innings, and then scored two in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. The sixth inning belonged to the 'Cats, as they began their comeback. A lead-off walk to John White (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) got things started, and the next batter, Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa) also reached after being hit by a pitch.
Brad Schwarz (Sr., Johnston, Iowa) once again came through in the clutch, delivering an RBI double to get Northwest on the board. After a walk to load the bases, Matt Coons (So., Dearborn, Mo.) reached on a fielder's choice to drive home the second run. Another timely double, this time off the bat of Kyle Gallagher (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.) plated the third run of the frame. An RBI groundout by Michael French (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) tied the game at 4-4.
David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) pitched a scoreless sixth to give Northwest a chance to win in the seventh. A lead-off single by White set the table. White moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then crossed home with the game-winning run on a single by Schwarz. Coons held the Bulldogs without a run in the seventh to earn his seven save and give Northwest the 5-4 win.
In the nightcap, the Bearcats and Bulldogs were once again locked in a pitching duel. With two outs in the third, Will Newland (So., Ottawa, Kan.) lined a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a error. Truman starter Brant Kraner uncorked a wild pitch to score Newland and give the 'Cats and early lead.
Northwest scored a single run in the sixth on Dugan's second home run of the season. Those two runs were more than enough for starter Jeremy Teter (Sr., Macon, Mo.). Teter pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs and striking out four to improve his record to 3-1. Coons recorded two outs for his eighth save of the season.
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