March 10, 2007
Northwest Baseball Scores 37 Runs and Records Two Shutouts in Doubleheader Sweep of Minnesota-Crookston
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - ( Game 1) ( Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team swept Minnesota-Crookston 20-0 and 17-0 today at Loyola Park on Rockhurst University. The pitching staff allowed just three hits and the lineup collected 32 hits in 14 innings of baseball.
In the first game, Northwest scored three runs in the bottom half of the first thanks to three bunt singles by redshirt-freshman second baseman Nick Pfeiffer, senior shortstop John White and junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw. The Bearcats continued to extend its early 3-0 margin scoring in every inning except the third.
The Bearcats platted seven runs in the fifth off an RBI triple from junior first baseman Britt Westman and RBI double by junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff. Britt finished the game 2-for-4 with two triples and four RBI. Senior catcher Ryley Westman added two RBI on a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
The one through four hitters the Bearcats were a combined 11-for-20 at the plate and six hitters had multi hit games. Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick, White and Pfieffer all finished with three hits.
Sophomore starter Danny Malone was nearly perfect allowing just one hit in six innings and striking out nine. Malone is now 2-1 on the young season. Laudyn Nelson took the loss starting the season 0-1.
Game two was again all Bearcats gaining a 4-0 lead in the first thanks to three-run home run from Ryley Westman. The home run hit the top of the fence and bounced over giving him his first of the season. Brother Britt finished game two 3-for-5 and added another multi-RBI game with four.
Northwest batted around in the first and sixth platting more than half its runs.
Junior starter Joel Epley also had nine strikeouts in six innings en route to his first Bearcat victory. Epley record moves to 1-2. Caleb Kreklau went four innings in the loss, his first of the season.
Of the 37 runs scored, 27 were driven in from Northwest bats.
Northwest moves to 5-9 with the sweep as Minnesota-Crookston drops it opening two games to fall to 0-2.
The Bearcats will be back in action tomorrow at 3 p.m. taking on the Golden Eagles for another doubleheader.
NOTES: Britt Westman has started 121 straight games … John White has started 81 straight games … Ben Malick has started 28 straight games … Ryley Westman has started 27 straight games … Northwest is now 8-0 all-time versus Minnesota-Crookston … The last time Northwest scored 20 runs was March 23, 2003 versus Emporia State 22-7 … The Bearcats 20 run win was the largest margin of victory since beating Park 20-0 on May 5, 1978 … The 37 runs scored tied for the most runs ever scored by Northwest in a doubleheader ... Northwest matched 37 runs in a doubleheader on April 22, 1970 against Doane College by scores of 19-5 18-6 … The 37 runs is the largest doubleheader margin of victory ever.
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