May 1, 2004
Bearcats Drop Two to No. 1 Central Missouri State
WP: Steve Sharpe (11-0)
Extra Base Hits
WP: Justin Clayton (5-0)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team droped two games to No. 1 Central Missouri State Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Field. The 'Cats lost game one, 15-4, and fell in the second game, 7-3. The Bearcats now stand at 30-19 on the season, 16-11 in the MIAA.
Game one belonged to the Mules from the very first batter. Steve Downy gave Central a three-run lead with a two-run home run in the top of the first. After the 'Cats answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, the Mules blew the game open in the third.
Central scored seven runs on eight hits, tallying five consecutive doubles. They also crushed a home run to push their lead to 10-1. The Mules continued to pour it on, putting three runs on the board in the fourth and then single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to take the series opener, 15-4.
Game two started off much better for the Bearcats, as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second. Central tied the game in the third and then took the lead of the strength of a three-run fourth inning. After adding another run in the fifth, the Bearcats began their comeback.
The 'Cats loaded the bases with one out, which brough pinch-hitter Mike French (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) to the plate with a chance to get the Bearcats back in the game. French came through, delivering a single to left field to plate to Bearcats and cut the Mules' lead to 5-3.
The Bearcats had a prime opportunity to either pull even or take the lead in their half of the sixth. The Bearcats loaded the bases and brought the heart of the order to the plate with just one out. But the 'Cats could not take advantage of some wildness by the Mules' staff, as they failed to score, shifting the momentum back to Central.
The Mules refused to let Northwest any closer, tallying two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach and send the 'Cats to their fourth straight loss, 7-3.
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