March 17, 2007
Bearcat Baseball Sweep Behind Strong Pitching Performances
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( Game 1 ) ( Game 2 ) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team swept Southwest Baptist for a 3-1 start to its conference season. The Bearcats won game one 7-1 and game two 9-1 as both starting pitchers recorded complete games.
Northwest took game one behind the arm of senior lefty Brian Lamers. He went the distance, seven innings, allowing just seven hits, striking out five and not walking a batter.
The Bearcats platted four runs in the first thanks to four straight hits. A two-run double by senior catcher Ryley Westman and RBI single by junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff highlighted the four-run first.
Junior first baseman Britt Westman smacked an RBI-double in the third inning that scored his brother Ryley. After an RBI single by Jon Henne, the Bearcats led 6-0. SBU platted one run in the fourth, but never made a bid for a comeback.
Every starter had a hit in game one, led by the Westman brothers multi-hit games. Ryley fininshed 2-for-3 and Britt finished 2-for-2.
In game two, another Northwest pitcher, junior Joel Epley, went the distance allowing just four hits and one run. Epley retired the last 10 batters in order and the defense was perfect behind him.
Northwest scored one run in each of the first three innings and led 3-1 after the seventh inning stretch. In the bottom half of the seventh, Northwest extended its two run lead scoring four runs on just one hit. An error, a walk and two hit-by-pitches aided Northwest's and the lone hit came from the bat of redshirt-freshman second baseman Nick Pfieffer to lead off the inning.
Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick tallied the best game two performance going 3-for-5 at the plate and making several plays in the field. Middle infielders, senior shortstop John White and Nick Pfieffer, each were 2-for-4 at the plate.
In the series, junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff knocked two homeruns, finishing 3-for-11, and Ryley Westman drove in five runs in a 6-for-12 series total. In 32 innings pitched, the pitching staff walked just three batters and tallied 16 strikeouts.
The Bearcats move to .500 overall, 10-10, and 3-1 in MIAA play. Since its eight game losing streak, Northwest has won seven of its last eight.
Northwest will take on Wayne State at home on Tuesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. It will be one nine inning nonconference game.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 127 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 87 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 34 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 33 straight games … redshirt-freshman Jon Henne left game one with a leg injury … The Northwest defense committed just three errors in the SBU series … Northwest has a 34-12 all-time record versus SBU.
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