April 6, 2004
Bearcats and Ichabods Split in Topeka
WP: JR Servatius (3-0)
Extra Base Hits
WP: Jake Loveless (4-0)
Extra Base Hits
TOPEKA, Kan -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a doubleheader with Washburn Tuesday afternoon in Topeka. The 'Cats took game one, 10-3, and the Ichabods came back to take the nightcap, 5-2. Northwest now stands at 22-13 on the season, 8-7 in the MIAA.
The Bearcats did not waste any time jumping on Washburn pitching. The 'Cats plated three runs in the top of the first to grab an early lead. The first three batters reached base, and Tristan Stewart (Fr., Crystal Lake, Ill.) swatted a double to left-center to clear the bases. Those three runs batted in were Stewart's fifth in his last two at bats.
Washburn pushed across one run in the second, before the 'Cats broke the game open in the fifth. With two on and two runs already in, Kyle Gallagher (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.) came up as a pinch-hitter and crushed his fifth home run of the season, tying him for the team lead, over the left-field fence to put Northwest up 8-1.
The Bearcats scored single runs in the sixth and seventh en route to the 10-3 win. JR Servatius (Jr., Ottawa, Kan.) went 4.2 innings, giving up three earned runs to improve his record to 3-0 on the season.
Washburn answered in game two, jumping on Bearcat starter Alex Budden (So., Granville, Iowa) for three runs in their half of the first. The 'Cats answered in the top of the third, plating two runs. David Dugan (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) singled home Cameron Dodd (Jr., Manteca, Calif.) who had doubled to lead off the inning. Two batters later with Dugan on third, an error on the Washburn catcher allowed Dugan to cross home with the second Bearcat run.
Washburn starter Jake Loveless held the 'Cats to just two hits the rest of the way, as the Ichabods picked up the 5-2 win. Budden fell to 2-5 on the season, hurling 3.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on seven hits.
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