March 4, 2007
Northwest Baseball Ends Spring Trip With 11-6 Loss
MONTEVALLO, Ala. - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team wrapped up its spring trip with an 11-6 loss to No. 18 Montevallo yesterday. It is the sixth consecutive loss for Northwest, all too ranked teams.
The Bearcats took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning off two hits and a Falcon error. Junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff started the scoring with an RBI-single that drove in classmate first baseman Britt Westman. Freshman second baseman Nick Pfeiffer concluded the second inning scoring with an RBI sac fly. Schonhoff finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
A five-run third took the lead from Northwest after a grand slam by second baseman Chris Cooper. The grand slam followed by a walk made head coach Darin Loe yank sophomore starter Danny Malone for senior Matt Kelly.
The Bearcats tied the game at five off a two-run home run from the bat of sophomore outfielder Chris Benham, who finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. Both runs were unearned as an error by the Falcon second basemen extended the fourth.
Montevallo regained the lead in the bottom half of the fourth thanks to an RBI-single by first baseman Daniel Tankersley. Kelly was relived by junior Zach Weston who recorded a 1-2-3 double play to get out of a bases loaded jam.
In the seventh, two hit-by-pitches and a walk began a Northwest rally. However, the Bearcats could not capitalize as Garret Mims relieved starter Jeffery Reach and recorded the last two outs.
The Falcons exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the seventh extended the lead 11-5. Three consecutive hits, capped by a Brantly Clay two-run home run, platted all of Montevallo's runs. All five runs were scored with two outs and were unearned.
A solo shot by Britt Westman in the eight brought Northwest within five at 11-6, but double plays in both the eighth and ninth haulted possible Bearcat rallies.
Reliever Matt Kelly took the loss in his first appearance of the season, while Jefferey Reach gained his second victory of the season.
The loss drops Northwest to 3-7 overall and moves Montevallo to 14-5.
Northwest will reschedule the two games versus Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7. The games will be played as a doubleheader at 1 p.m in Kansas City at the Rockhurst University field. The home series against Minnesota-Crookston is still scheduled to be played in Maryville, Mo. on March 10 and 11 at this time. Please check the baseball page at www.northwestbearcats.com for updates on the games status.
NOTES: John White started his 77th straight game … Britt Westman started his 117th straight game … Northwest is now 1-5 all-time versus Montevallo … Northwest hit .188 in the six-game spring trip … Not one Northwest hitter posts an average above .300 … The pitching staff holds an impressive 1.7 strikeout to walk ratio.
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