Feb. 28, 2007
Bearcats Swept by No. 14 West Florida After Doubleheader Losses
PENSACOLA, Fla. - (Game 1) (Game 2)The Northwest Missouri State baseball team was swept by No. 14 West Florida after today doubleheader losses of 3-2 and 3-0 tonight at Pelican Park. Northwest recorded just 10 hits in the two games today and hit just .172 in the series.
In the first game, Northwest jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Back-to-back two-out singles by senior shortstop John White and junior first-baseman Britt Westman set-up a two-RBI double by senior catcher Ryley Westman. The double was the 34th of his career and ties him for second on Northwest's all-time list.
The Bearcat bats fell asleep after the first finishing with just six hits as a team. Sophomore third-baseman Ben Malick had two of those ending 2-for-4. Just three runners reached second base following the first-inning scoring.
A Bearcat error provided West Florida with its first of three runs in the fifth. Two more came from the Argonauts bats with a RBI-single by senior Bo Williams and sac-fly by freshman Justin Wood.
Senior lefty Brian Lamers took the loss allowing three runs, just one earned, in 6.1 innings pitched. Junior Jon Sintes received the win, his third of season, and junior Phil Lawhorn notched his fourth save of the year.
The second game was all Argonauts starter Brett McCullough. He went the distance, 7.0 innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight en route to his fourth victory of the season. Junior transfer Joel Epley logged 5.0 innings in the loss allowing all three runs on nine hits. The loss drops Epley to 0-2 on the season.
Only six runners reached base for the Bearcats and just two runners entered scoring position. Junior Todd Schonhoff led Northwest at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, while Malick and Ryley Westman smacked the other two Bearcat hits.
The last time the Bearcats were shutout in a seven-inning game was versus Emporia State on April 4, 2006.
The lone bright spot of the series sweep was the pitching of Northwest. A team ERA of 3.60 and just 10 walks in 30 innings pitched allowed the Bearcats to stay within striking distance in all four games.
Northwest will travel to Montevallo, Ala. for a two-game set versus No. 18 Montevallo. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. on March 2 and 1 p.m. on March 3. Both contests are scheduled for nine-inning.
NOTES: John White has started 75 straight games … Britt Westman has started 115 straight games … Ryley Westman extends his hitting streak to nine games … Northwest is now 1-7 historically against West Florida … The eight games played in February is the most since Northwest played eight in Feb of the 2002 season … Northwest had just one hitter (Ryley Westman - .333) hit over .300 in the series … Northwest committed 13 errors in the series … The Bearcats turned three double-plays in the series.
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