March 30, 2004
Bearcats Drop Two to Emporia State
WP: Adam Parsons (2-1)
Extra Base Hits
WP: Dustin Patton (2-0)
Extra Base Hits
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team dropped a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Bearcat Field to Emporia State. The Hornets took game one, 8-5. The two teams played extra innings in the second game, with Emporia coming away with the 5-4 win in nine. The 'Cats now stand at 18-12 on the season, 4-6 in the MIAA.
Game one got off to a rocky start, when Emporia State struck for three in the top of the first against Bearcat starter Alex Budden (So., Granville, Iowa). The Hornets tacked on single runs in the second and fifth before the 'Cats got on the board in their half of the fifth.
A lead-off walk, followed by an RBI double by Cameron Dodd (Jr., Manteca, Calif.) got the inning started. After a walk and a passed ball put runners on second and third, Matt Coons (So., Dearborn, Mo.) smacked a single to bring the 'Cats to within two at 5-3. After Emporia plated one run in the sixth and two more insurance runs in the seventh, the Bearcats made one more push. With one on and and one out, Brad Schwarz (Sr., Johnston, Iowa) drilled a home run to left-center; but it was too little, too late, as the 'Cats fell, 8-5.
Game two began as a pitchers duel, with Northwest starter JR Servatius (Jr., Ottawa, Kan.) and Hornet hurler Travis Bartley each throwing gems. The Hornets broke through first, scoring one run in the top of the sixth. The 'Cats answered, pushing across two in the bottom half of the inning. Not to be outdone, Emporia scored three in the top of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead heading in to the bottom of the inning.
A lead-off single by Dodd was followed by an RBI double by David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) to bring the 'Cats within one. Three batters later, Drew Mettille (Jr., Urbandale, Iowa) delivered an RBI single to tie the score at 4-4 and send the game to extra innings.
Neither team managed to score in the eighth, and the Hornets came up with a huge run on two hits in the top of the ninth to put the pressure on the Bearcats. Things looked promising after the 'Cats started the inning with back-to-back walks. Mettille then layed down a successful sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third with one out. After an intentional walk to Kyle Gallagher (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.) loaded the bases, the Hornets got freshmen John White (Omaha, Neb.) to foul out and Ryley Westmen (Smithville, Mo.) to strike out to end the game. The Bearcats dropped the heartbreaker, 5-4.
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