March 23, 2007
Bearcat Baseball Splits with New Conference Foe Fort Hays State
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( Game 1) ( Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a doubleheader with new conference foe Fort Hays State. The Bearcats lost the first game, seven innings, 5-1 and won the nightcap, nine innings, 4-2.
In the first game, sophomore starter Danny Malone went just 1.1 innings, his shortest outing of the season, and took the loss dropping him to 2-2 this season. Senior reliever Matt Kelly finished the last four innings without allowing a run.
At the plate, Northwest was four hit by Bobby Lewton, who threw a complete game. The sole RBI was from the bat of junior first baseman Britt Westman driving in his brother, senior catcher Ryley Westman, in the fourth inning following a two-out double.
Northwest was led by sophomore right-hander Bret Harvel's nine strikeouts in game two. Harvel pitched 6.2 innings allowing two runs, both unearned. Senior closer Brett Whittle recorded the last four outs, striking out three, gaining his second save of the season.
Northwest took an early 1-0 lead in the third after a successful double steal scored sophomore third baseman Ben Malick. Another three runs in the fourth, all unearned, gave Northwest a secure 4-0 advantage. The Bearcats scored two of the runs from a double by redshirt-freshman second baseman Nick Pfeiffer.
The Tigers scored two runs in the seventh, knocking out Harvel, but could not muster any more offense. Junior reliever Evan Nickell and Whittle shut the door going the last 2.1 innings.
Northwest is now 11-12 overall and 4-2 in the MIAA. The split moves the Tigers to 16-7 overall and 4-2 in the MIAA.
The Bearcats will be back in action tomorrow with another doubleheader at noon to finish the four-game series with Fort Hays State.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has now started 130 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has now started 90 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has now started 37 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has now started 36 straight games ... Bret Harvel leads the team in innings pitched with 28.1 ... Evan Nickell leads the team in appearances with nine ... Only one of the six total runs scored in game two was earned.
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