April 14, 2006
Bearcats come up on short end of offensive explosion
MARYVILLE, Mo . - The Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State baseball teams combined for 60 runs in a pair of games Friday in Maryville.
The Bearcats, (12-21, 6-12 MIAA) came out on the short end both games, falling 13-9 in Game 1 and 24-14 in Game 2.
Northwest held a five-run lead heading in to the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 1, before the Bearcat bullpen let the lead slip away. The Bearcats had a 9-4 lead with closer Brett Whittle on the mound. After Whittle and two other relievers made appearances in the seventh, each batter in the Gorilla lineup scored and Pittsburg State held a four run lead.
The Gorillas had pulled within a run in the sixth before Northwest scored four runs in the sixth with two outs. The rally was capped with a two-run homer by Matt Coons. It was Coons' sixth of the season.
Whittle was credited for the loss. Brian Lamers got the start for the Bearcats, going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs.
In Game 2, Northwest again jumped out to a lead, leading 1-0 after the first inning. The Gorillas answered with 13 unanswered runs and eventually 14-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
In Northwest's half of the third, they scored 10 runs of their own, closing the gap to 14-12. A pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for John White who singled, scoring Ryley Westman and Michael Younghanz. A bases loaded walk scored Pat Whitt in the fourth. The Bearcats scored three more runs when Tristan Stewart hit a three-run homer.
When all was said and done in the fourth, the Bearcats plated 10 runs on seven hits and an error.
Pittsburg State answered quickly with a grand slam by T.J. Prentice.
Northwest got two more in the fifth when Stewart reached after being hit by a pitch. He scored with Sergio Davilla doubled. Davilla scored on the next at-bat when Younghanz singled.
Travis Fouts was credited with the loss for the Bearcats, dropping his record to 1-5.
The two teams meet for two more games Saturday. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
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