April 28, 2006
Baseball Wins First Game at SBU Before Rain FallsBOLIVAR, Mo. - (stats) Northwest Missouri State baseball won its 10th straight game overall after a 14-0 drubbing of Southwest Baptist in Game 1 this morning from Bolivar, Mo. Game 2 was called because of rain. Game 2 and the scheduled doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday) is tentatively postponed for May 8 and 9 in Bolivar.
On a drizzly, overcast day, the Northwest bats wasted no time plating a run in the first and three in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Senior Matt Coons, who was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day, hit his seventh home run of the year to lead off the third frame.
Eight of the first nine Bearcats to bat in the fourth inning reached base as a double from senior Pat Whitt chased starter Zane Montgomery. By that point, Northwest held a 10-0 lead. After a groundout, senior Will Newland singled home two runs and Coons rapped his second double in the inning producing one more run to complete the Bearcat nine-run fourth inning.
The visiting Bearcats tacked on the final run thanks to a sacrifice fly from junior Tristan Stewart in the seventh inning.
Southwest Baptist threatened to score in the sixth with two on and one out but was unable to score after two fly outs. After a lead-off double from Skyler Powers led-off the home half of the seventh, Northwest hurler Brian Lamers struck out the side to preserve his first shut out of 2006.
Lamers improved to a team-best 6-3 overall pitching all seven innings. He gave up just four hits, struck out six and walked one.
Montgomery got hit with the loss going just 3.1 innings and allowing 12 runs (nine earned) on 12 base hits.
Coon posted four RBIs to lead the club. Newland collected three hits and scored three times while freshman Ben Malick finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Northwest next hosts Washburn on Tuesday, May 2 in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
NOTES: The 10-game winning streak is the longest during the tenure of coach Darin Loe (since 2000) ... Coach Loe has posted 199 career wins at Northwest and is 199-172 in his seventh season.
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