May 7, 2006
Bearcats Come up Short 10-6 vs. #7 Central Missouri; Eliminated From MIAA TournamentMARYVILLE, Mo. - (stats) The No. 7 Central Missouri State Mules used five runs to come back from a 5-3 hole and claim a 10-6 victory this afternoon against host Northwest Missouri State from Bearcat Field. Northwest is now eliminated from the MIAA Postseason Tournament as the top four seeds advance. The Bearcats will finish the regular season fifth.
The Bearcats answered the Mules' three first-inning runs with three of their own in the opening frame. Junior Sergio Davila connected for his third home run of the year, a three-run drive to left field, to make the score 3-3.
In the fifth inning, the Bearcats looked poised for the upset and its first four-game winning streak over the Mules since the 1987-88 seasons. Senior Will Newland gave Northwest the lead as he came home on a wild pitch. The hosts went up by two runs thanks to a run-scoring double from Davila later in the inning.
Down 5-3, the Mules sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning. The inning began innocently for the Bearcats as starter Josh Norris forced Cody Berg into a line-out. But after two walks and a two-run homer from Adam Milauskas, Norris was pulled for senior Mark Lewis. CMSU posted three more hits off Lewis and went into the later innings with an 8-5 advantage.
Northwest got one back on a RBI-single from sophomore Britt Westman but CMSU tacked on two more in the seventh to complete the scoring.
Norris dropped to 2-2 on the year going 5 1/3 innings on the hill. He gave up six runs on five hits and walked three. CMSU's Brandon Morris was credited with the win giving up five runs on nine hits in five innings.
Davila gathered three hits and four RBIs while Newland went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in his final game as a Bearcat. Three Mules totaled two hits on the day.
Northwest finishes 26-23 overall, 15-14 in the MIAA and handed head coach Darin Loe win No. 200 last Tuesday against Washburn. CMSU, who enters the MIAA Tournament as the second seed, moves to 40-13 on the year and 22-8 in the league.
Northwest will not make up the rain-out games at Southwest Baptist rescheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
NOTES: The Bearcats came up one double shy of the single-season record of 123 ... John White hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games ... CMSU avoided its first four-game losing streak since the 1991 season ... White ended the season with 55 runs scored, just short of the record of 61 done by Adam Bailey in 2001 ... The 73 hits by senior Will Newland was six away from tying Ryan Ellis's season record done in 2002 ... Coach Darin Loe ends his seventh season with a 203-174.
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