March 26, 2006
Northwest Suffers Fifth Consecutive Loss
EMPORIA, Kan. - (Game One) (Game Two) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team was defeated for the fourth straight time in game one of the double header with No. 9 Emporia State, 13-2. In game two however, it was a different story as the Bearcats battled the Hornets to 12-11 loss, but fell for the fifth time in as many ball games.
In game one, the Northwest offense looked like it was going to click as senior John White (Omaha, Neb.) led off the game with a double, and later scored in the inning. However, the Bearcat pitching staff again was a let down, as junior Brian Lamers (Riverside, Calif.) could only go three plus innings (3-2), allowed seven hits, nine runs, five earned, two walks and a couple of strike outs.
Emporia State's Gabe Medina threw a complete game, as he sat down eight Bearcats, scattered eight hits, allowed two runs and one earned to go 4-0 on the year. Sophomore Mark Lewis (Maryville, Mo.) came in out of the bullpen for Northwest, to throw three innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, three earned and striking out one.
Two Bearcats picked up a pair of hits, sophomore Britt Westman (Smithville, Mo.) and junior Michael Younghanz (Kansas City, Mo.) had four of the team's eight hits. Westman also had an RBI, along with senior Will Newland (Ottawa, Kan.).
In game two, Northwest jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to a grand slam by Westman. However, Emporia continued to battle in the game as they scored five runs in the fifth to bring the game within three at 10-7.
The Bearcats continued to go scoreless, and the Hornets scored three in their half of the seventh to tie the game up, after junior Brett Whittle (Wichita, Kan.) came in on relief of junior Cody Sinclair (Indianola, Iowa), who came in after starter Matt Kelly (Maryville, Mo.) left after four innings. Whittle took the loss for the Bearcats to fall to 1-1, after he pitched 2.1 innings, gave up three runs, all earned and striking out one.
A trio of Bearcats collected three hits, Newland, junior Sergio Davila (Douglas, Ariz.) and junior Billy Burns (St. Joseph, Mo.) all went three-for-five. Davila was a triple away from the cycle, and had three RBIs and scored two runs.
Northwest now falls to 6-11 overall and 0-4 in the MIAA, while Emporia improves to 21-4 and 4-0 in the conference. The Bearcats will host Missouri Western for the home conference opener on Wednesday at 12 p.m.
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