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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 1, 2005

Bearcats Down Sioux Falls in Eight Innings

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State downed the University of Sioux Falls today at Bearcat Field, 17-7. The game ended by the ten-run rule in the bottom of the eighth inning when freshman Britt Westman singled up the middle to drive home Will Newland for the Bearcats' 17th run. The 'Cats improved to 18-12 overall while the Cougars fell to 1-18.

The Cougars jumped out in front of the Bearcats early on as they scored three runs off of a double and three singles in the first inning. It took Northwest a few innings to warm up the bats but by the third inning, the 'Cats were moving around the bases. Cameron Dodd led off the inning with a double to left center field and scored when Newland reached on an error by the shortstop. Drew Mettille reached first on an error by the third baseman and set the stage for the three-run homer by Britt Westman.

Northwest scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth on three hits also by Dodd, Mettille and B. Westman. The Cougars answered back in the top of the fifth with four runs, one earned off of four hits and an error.

The Bearcats reached their peak in the bottom of the fifth. It started with a leadoff homerun by Kyle Gallagher. Ryley Westman followed with a triple to right center field, scoring John White who made it to first on a walk. Patt Whitt received a base on balls and moved to second on a wild pitch to Dodd. Sioux Falls' pitcher Hepner then hit Dodd to put him on base. R. Westman scored on a fielder's choice that moved Whitt and Newland to the corners. Mettille tripled to right field, scoring Newland. B. Westman flied out for the sac fly to score Mettille and the 'Cats went up 13-7.

Northwest scored three more runs in the next inning on four hits by White, R. Westman, Newland, and B. Westman.

Britt Westman and Drew Mettille had four hits each in five at bats and Britt drove in seven runs on the day.

J.R. Servatius started on the mound for the 'Cats and gave up three runs. Jacob Taylor pitched in relief and gained the win, pitching four innings, striking out four batters and allowing four runs (one earned). Dan Olds came in and closed out the game for the 'Cats (two innings).

DenBoer took the loss for the Cougars. He gave up eight hits and five earned runs in four innings.

Northwest will return to conference play on Sun., Apr. 3 for a 1:00 p.m. game versus Truman State at Bearcat Field.

Line Score by Inning
U S F - 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
NMSU- 0 1 4 2 6 3 0 1
S - 7 13 4
N - 17 18 1

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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