April 26, 2006
Baseball Winning Streak Reaches Nine With Season Sweep Over TrumanMARYVILLE, Mo - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team picked up their ninth consecutive win Wednesday afternoon in a sweep of Truman State, winning Game 1 17-2 and Game 2 7-5.
The Bearcats (21-21 10-12 MIAA) were forced to come from behind in Game 2, trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning against the Bulldogs (10-31, 4-24 MIAA).
Northwest got the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when Billy Burns hit a double down the left field line that scored Matt Coons who had reached on a double earlier in the inning. Burns extended the lead to 7-5 when he scored on a squeeze bunt laid down by freshman Ben Malick.
The big inning for Northwest came in the seventh when three runners scored, capped off by a two-run homer by Pat Whitt over the left field wall.
Sergio Davila's single in the top of the seventh ended a streak of 15-straight batters retired by Sean Zaborowski.
Starter Justin Hildebrand went five innings for Northwest giving up four runs before giving way to Zach Weston.
Weston threw three innings, giving up just two hits and one run while improving his record to 2-0. Closer Brett Whittle picked up his eighth save of the season.
In Game 1, Northwest jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the third inning and never looked back in a 17-2 win.
Northwest scored five runs in the second inning along with seven in the sixth inning.
Britt Westman led the Bearcats offensively, knocking in seven runs including a three-run homer. Not to be left out, his brother Ryley had four RBI's including his 11th double.
All but one Northwest starter reached base in the game and every starter either scored a run or had an RBI.
Mark Lewis picked up his third win of the season improving his record to 3-1.
Meanwhile, Truman had their struggles on the mound, allowing five walks and three wild pitches while hitting four batters.
Northwest next travels to Bolivar, Mo., for a four-game set with Southwest Baptist beggining at 1 p.m. on Friday.
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