March 11, 2007
Northwest Gains Another Sweep Versus Minnesota-Crookston
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - ( Game 1) ( Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team completed its four-game series with Minnesota-Crookston with a sweep of the Golden Eagles. The Bearcats took the first game 10-0 and clobbered Crookston 28-0 in game two.
In game one, the Bearcats collected 13 hits en route to scoring a series-low 10 runs. Northwest platted just one run in the first three innings, but exploded for five runs in the fourth thanks to a RBI-singles from sophomore outfielder Chris Benham, a two RBI-single from senior shortstop John White and a two RBI-double from senior catcher Ryley Westman.
The Bearcats added one more run in the fifth and three more runs in the sixth to give them a 10-0 lead. Five players had a multi-hit game and four players finished with two RBI performances in the shutout win.
Sophomore pitcher Bill Disselhoff gains the victory, his first of the season, going six innings and striking out 12, including seven of the first nine batters. The Golden Eagle loss dropped starter Beau Mertens dropped to 0-1 on the season.
The 28 runs in game two tied a Bearcat record for most scored in a single game and is the largest margin of victory ever. Northwest scored in every inning of the game platting eight runs in the fourth. Furthermore, the Bearcats batted around in four of the six innings.
Chris Benham led the Bearcat onslaught driving in eight runs on 4-for-4 from the plate. Benham smacked two triples a day after fellow teammate Britt Westman did the same. Ryley Westman also had four hits and drove in a couple more runs. Redshirt-freshman Jon Henne Jr. set a single game record for runs scored with five.
Senior lefty Brian Lamers retired the first 10 batters, but a bunt single broke up his perfect game bid, en route to his first victory of the season. Lamers is now 1-2 on the season. Stephen Funk dropped his first start of the season for Minnesota-Crookston.
It is just the second time in Bearcat history that Northwest has recorded four consecutive shutouts. The last time Northwest had four shutouts in-a-row was April 1974.
The four-game sweep brings Northwest up to 7-9 and starts the Golden Eagles season at 0-4.
Northwest outscored the Golden Eagles 75-0 in four games and hit .483 as a team. The pitching staff allowed just eight hits and struck out 45 batters.
NOTES: Britt Westman has started 123 straight games … John White has started 83 straight games … Ben Malick has started 30 straight games … Ryley Westman has started 29 straight games … Northwest is now 10-0 all-time versus Minnesota-Crookston … Jon Henne Jr. was 7-for-8 in the series … Chris Benham and Britt Westman each drove in 10 RBI in the series … Minnesota-Crookston hit .089 against Bearcat pitching … Ryley Westman's 38 career doubles sits him second all-time …
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