April 8, 2006
Bearcats Pick Up First Shut Out in MIAA Split With Missouri Southern
JOPLIN, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State (11-17, 5-8 MIAA) picked up its first shut out of 2006 with a Game 2, 7-0 blanking of Missouri Southern (7-24, 2-9 MIAA) in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action this afternoon. Missouri Southern took Game 1, 5-4, scoring the game-winner on a Northwest error in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The shut out in Game 2 was a first for Northwest since it took down Missouri-Rolla 14-0 on April 23, 2005.
Northwest started the scoring in Game 1 taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning off a sacrifice fly from senior Matt Coons. The Lions responded with four runs in the fourth with the big blow coming off the bat of Kyle Knight. Knight blasted one over in right field for a two-run homer.
The Bearcat offense struck for three runs in the visitor-half of the fifth inning to tie the score up at 4-4. Five straight Bearcats reached base in the inning on four base hits. Senior Pat Whitt rapped a two-RBI single. The bats remained silent until Missouri Southern's Kyle Cupp scored an unearned run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. He scored when Brett Velliquette reached on an error by the Northwest second baseman.
Senior John White and sophomore Britt Westman each collected two hits while Whitt went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Junior Tad Hammett dropped to 0-1 on the season pitching 0.2 innings of relief. Starter Travis Fouts went 5.1 innings posting five strikeouts and giving up six hits.
Junior hurler Matt Kelly was superb picking up his first Bearcat win going 4.0 innings in Game 2. The only trouble Kelly ran into was in the fourth as two Lions reached base with one out. But, Kelly retired Juan Hernandez on a pop-up to end the threat.
Kelly got all the offense he needed in the fifth frame after White doubled home junior Michael Younghanz. The Bearcats tacked on five runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to finish with seven hits. White finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs while Whitt went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Junior Cody Sinclair relieved Kelly in the fifth inning as he allowed just one hit while he struck out four.
Wrapping up the four-game series with Missouri Southern, the two teams will play one nine-inning game on Sunday afternoon beginning at 12 p.m.
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