May 5, 2006
Northwest Snaps 11-game Skid vs. Central Missouri State With 8-0 BlankingMARYVILLE, Mo. - (stats) Northwest Missouri State senior right-handed pitcher Travis Fouts threw a complete 9-inning five-hitter in shutting down Central Missouri State 8-0 this afternoon in MIAA baseball play from Bearcat Field. Fouts gave up just five hits and struck out a career-tying seven Mules to help Northwest halt an 11-game losing skid against CMSU.
The Bearcats, winners in 12 of their last 13 games, better their season mark to 24-22 overall and 13-13 in the league. CMSU drops to 39-11 and 21-6 in the MIAA.
After a quick 2 1/2 innings, Northwest struck for four runs on five hits in the home-half of the third inning. Freshman Ben Malick led off with a single to center field. He would eventually score the game-winner on an RBI-single from senior Pat Whitt. Whitt finished 2-for-3 and three runs scored. Four Bearcats posted an RBI in the inning including senior John White, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a run-producing base hit.
The Bearcats added three more in the fourth with one coming off the bat of junior Ryley Westman via a homer to left. Northwest manufactured one more run in the sixth inning. Whitt walked to lead off the frame, stole second and came home on a White single.
Fouts, who threw 133 pitches, sat down nine of the final CMSU batters he faced. He also received strong defense behind him. Gered Mochizuki started the Central Missouri State eighth with a single to left field but was doubled up after Bridger Hunt lined out to rightfielder Tristan Stewart.
White ended with three hits and two RBIs to help Northwest post 10 hits. Hunt went 2-for-4 to lead the CMSU offense. Kevin Turmail went 3 1/3 innings on the mound as he got hit with the loss. He allowed six runs on seven hits.
The two teams continue tomorrow (Saturday) with a 1 p.m. doubleheader from Bearcat Field. The twinbill will serve as Northwest Senior Day with eight Bearcats set to graduate this season.
NOTES: The CMSU shutout was its first in MIAA play since March 30, 2004 ... With the three doubles as a team, Northwest sits with 114 on the year which is nine away from the school record (124) ... The 11-game hitting streak by John White ties a season-high for any Bearcat ... The 8-0 shutout today was the first for Northwest over the Mules since April 23, 1990 and the largest shutout since a 9-0 wipe-out on April 23, 1983.
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