April 15, 2006
Pitching Gem Goes in Favor of Northwest in DH Sweep of Pittsburg StateMARYVILLE, Mo . - (W, 3-1) (W, 4-1) Northwest Missouri State baseball received solid pitching in sweeping Pittsburg State, 3-1 and 4-1, this afternoon in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) doubleheader action at Bearcat Field. Junior Matt Kelly limited the Gorillas to five hits for the complete-game seven-inning victory in the matinee. Junior Josh Norris was just as effective on the hill tossing 8 1/3 innings scattering nine hits for his second win of 2006 in Game 2.
Northwest improves to 14-21 overall and 8-12 in the league while PSU falls to 24-14 on the year and 10-6 in the MIAA.
Northwest jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of an RBI single from senior Matt Coons. PSU managed one run in the fourth to tie the score up at 1-1.
The PSU defense got sloppy in the fourth frame allowing junior Sergio Davila to reach on an error. He would later score on an error by the pitcher as Davila notched his 15th run of the year.
Leading 2-1 in the fifth, Northwest tacked on one more after senior John White stole second and advanced to third on an error by the catcher. He would later cross home on a wild pitch.
Kelly settled down on the hill after the fourth inning retiring eight of the last 10 batters he faced. He finished with six strikeouts and no walks. White led the Bearcat offense with three hits and two runs while Coons finished 2-for-3.
In the nightcap, Northwest scored first again, this time in the fourth frame. Coons led off with a walk and was pushed over on a single from Davila. Two batters later, junior Michael Younghanz knocked in Coons with an RBI single to the shortstop. The Bearcats padded their lead with three runs in the eighth inning. Younghanz, who collected three RBIs on two hits in the game, pounded a two-out two-run single to right field for the big blow.
PSU got on the board with a lone run in the ninth.
Norris walked one and struck out three as he posted a season-best inning total. Junior Brett Whittle came on to record the final two outs for his sixth save.
The Bearcats take to the road for a single, nine-inning game at Rockhurst on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
NOTES: With no errors in Game 1 for Northwest, that broke a streak of 11 straight games with at least one error ... Northwest moves to 11-9 this season when scoring first after doing so twice today ... The Game 1 win for Northwest halted a seven-game winning streak for the Gorillas ... The two road losses for PSU were just the second and third times this season it lost away from home.
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