March 24, 2007
Northwest Never Trails in Sweep of FHSU
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( Game 1) ( Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team never trailed in 16 innings of baseball sweeping Fort Hays State 8-2 and 8-4. The Bearcats scored one run in first inning of game one and three in the first inning of game two, and the Tigers tied the score just once.
Northwest took a 1-0 first inning lead, compliments of two Fort Hays errors and groundout RBI by senior catcher Ryley Westman in game one. Tigers starter, senior Tom Goodwin, left the game with a right leg injury after just two batters, but was on the hook for the loss as his baserunner platted. Senior lefty Brian Lamers threw his second complete game victory in as many starts, moving him to 3-2 this season. He scattered nine hits, walked two and struck out two.
Northwest platted two runs in the third, after Fort Hays tied the game at one with a run in the top half, and added another two in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. Northwest produced both runs in the fifth scoring on a sacrifice fly and a double steal by senior shortstop John White and redshirt-freshman second baseman Nick Pfieffer.
The 1-2-3 batters, scored five of the eight runs for Northwest. Ryley drove in three runs, despite being hitless, on two RBI groundouts and a sacrifice fly. Northwest was out hit nine to six.
John White was the only multi-hit Bearcat finishing 2-for-4. Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick and Nick Pfieffer both scored two runs.
Luke Dreiling led the Tigers with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate. Junior righthander James Fischer relieved the injured Goodwin logging five innings and allowing seven runs.
In game two, Northwest got another great outing from its starting pitcher and took an early lead. Junior transfer Joel Epley threw six innings, allowing two runs and three hits and Northwest platted three runs in the first. Epley moves to 3-2 after the win. John White and junior transfer Stevie Bush both had RBI-singles and junior first baseman Britt Westman smacked an RBI-double to left field.
The Bearcats led 8-0 after five, but the Tigers mustered up some offense late in the game scoring two in both the seventh and eight innings to make it 8-4. Junior transfer Evan Nickell recorded the last four outs shutting down any rally from the Tigers bats.
Britt Westman and John White both finished 3-for-4, drove in two runs and clobbered a double. Ryley Westman and Nick Pfieffer also had multi-hit games finished with two hits. The one through five batters were 11-for-15 and scored seven of the eight runs. All but one Bearcat starter had a hit.
Jason Pfeifer drove in a run and finished 3-for-4, while senior leadoff hitter Cody Staten drove in two runs with a 1-for-4 performance.
The Bearcats will travel to Wayne State, Neb. for a single nine inning game on Tuesday, March 27. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The game will be available via web cast through the Northwest athletics web site at www.northwestbearcats.com.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has now started 132 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has now started 92 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has now started 39 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has now started 38 straight games ... True freshman Brandon Kirsch started both games for his first and second career starts ... Northwest was perfect in the field for both games and only committed three errors the entire series ... Fort Hays head coach Rick Sabath was ejected from game one after arguing with the home plate umpire.
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