March 25, 2006
Northwest Suffers Douple Dip Sweep
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - (Game One) (Game Two) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team has now lost three consecutive games, and its first two in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association to Missouri Western, 5-0 and 11-1.
The Bearcat allowed rival Missouri Western to bat around in the third inning, as senior Travis Fouts (Peck, Ida.) took the loss to drop 0-3. Griffon pitcher Jesse Spellmeyer went the distance, seven innings, gave up three hits, walked none and struck out three. Bearcat junior Josh Norris (Chillicothe, Mo.) came in relief for Fouts, and pitched 3.2 innings, scattered three hits, walked one and struck out one.
Northwest collected three hits in game, with different Bearcats getting on base. Senior's John White (Omaha, Neb.), Will Newland (Ottawa, Kan.) and junior Pat Whitt (Springfield, Mo.) were the base runners for Northwest.
In game two, Northwest was run ruled after Western scored two runs in the seventh to win the ball game 11-1. The pitching again was the downfall as senior Alex Budden (Granville, Iowa) could only go three innings in the start to fall 0-2. Budden allowed 10 hits, six runs, five earned, struck out one and had a wild pitch.
In relief of Budden, sophomore Zach Weston (New Franklin, Mo.) lasted a 0.1 of an inning, gave up two hits, three runs, three earned and walked two. Senior Lane McKay (Boone, Iowa) was the workhorse of the pitching staff, going 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, two earned and walked two.
Leading the Bearcats at the plate was Newland, who went three-for-four at the plate in game two and four-of-seven for the day. The lone Bearcat who knocked in a RBI in the series was Whitt - it was his ninth RBI of the year.
Northwest is 6-9 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA, while Missouri Western goes to 12-9 and 3-1 in the conference. Up next for the Bearcats is Emporia State tomorrow, game time is set for 1:00 pm.
NOTES: This was the first time since March 20, 2004, that Missouri Western has swept Northwest series. The Bearcats also avoided their first time ever to be shutout in three consecutive games. In the 37 years of battle with Missouri Western, there has only been one series that produced two shutouts, and that belongs to the Bearcats, after they beat the Griffons 3-0, 3-0 on April 16, 1990. Today's two loses for Northwest is the first time all season that they lost to a right handed starter, the Bearcats are 6-2 against righties.
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