March 7, 2007
Nebraska-Omaha Takes Two from Bearcat Baseball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team was swept today at Loyola Park by Nebraska-Omaha. In the first game the Bearcats were shutout 7-0, in seven innings, and beat 14-5 in second game, a nine inning affair.
The sweep drops Northwest to 3-9 overall and brings the Mavericks record up to 5-6.
In game one, Northwest collected just five hits as a team. Starting pitcher Tyler Cloud was nearly perfect, until the fifth, when junior catcher Ryley Westman singled to the left side to break-up his no-hit bid. Ryley was the only Bearcat with a multi-hit game finishing 2-for-3.
The Mavericks scored two runs in the fourth leading off with three consecutive hits. A 6-4-3 double-play killed the Nebraska-Omaha rally clearing the bases with two outs. The Mavericks added another three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh extending the lead to 7-0.
In both the fifth and the seventh, Todd Schonhoff and Ryley Westman were on first and second with less than two outs, but Northwest failed to break up Cloud's shutout bid. It was the second time this season the Bearcats were shutout. The last came against West Florida on Feb. 28 losing 3-0.
Just 10 runners reached base for Northwest as the Mavericks turned two double-plays in the game.
Senior lefty Brian Lamers drops to 0-2 after the loss, while Tyler Cloud records a complete game shutout for his first victory of the season. Lamers allowed five runs, all earned, on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
Northwest struggled in the first inning of game two, committing three errors and hitting two batters on route to allowing seven Maverick runs. Six of the seven first inning runs were unearned. Another four runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth gave Nebraska-Omaha a huge 14-0 lead.
A two RBI-double by sophomore third baseman Ben Malick snapped a 15-inning scoreless streak for Northwest in the fifth. Senior shortstop John White followed with another two RBI-double, just two batters later, helping Northwest plate four runs in the sixth. Eight of the nine starters had a hit, but no hitter recorded a multi-hit game for Northwest.
Sophomore right hander Bret Harvel took the loss dropping his season record to 2-0. Bryan Hauk recorded the win moving him to 1-1. Freshman southpaw Ben Stedronsky saw his first action of the season finishing the last 3.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits.
Northwest will be back in Kansas City this weekend for a four-game set versus Minnesota-Crookston. On Saturday, March 10 they will start at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. Both days will be two seven-inning doubleheaders.
NOTES: John White has79 straight starts … Britt Westman has 119 straight starts … Freshman Tim Avants got his first career start and hit … Freshman Ben Stedronsky was the last active player to see the field this season ... Northwest has had 17 and 15 straight scoreless inning streaks this season … Northwest is currently on an eight-game losing streak … It is the most consecutive losses since the 1997 Northwest baseball team dropped nine in-a-row.
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