March 27, 2007
Comeback Bid Comes Up Short for Baseball in 7-6 Loss to Wayne State
WAYNE, Neb. - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team dropped its last non-conference contest to Wayne State College 7-6. Trailing the Wildcats 7-2 in the sixth, Northwest platted four runs on three hits.
Wayne State improves to 12-9, while the Bearcats drop back to .500 at 13-13.
The Bearcats jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first when senior catcher Ryley Westman drove in sophomore third baseman Ben Malick on a two-out single. Wayne State countered back with four runs in the bottom half of the first, all with two outs, off six straight hits.
Junior first baseman Britt Westman clobbered a solo home run to left field in fourth to get the Bearcats within three, but again the Wildcats countered with two runs in the bottom half knocking out sophomore starter Bill Disselhoff in the process.
A sixth inning rally that scored four was started with a single by senior shortstop John White. A RBI-double by Ryley Westman platted White and junior pinch hitter Stevie Bush drove in Westman with another RBI-double. The Bush double ignited a Wildcat pitching change as the bullpen walked two and hit a batter to plate another Northwest run. A sacrifice fly by Ben Malick completed the four run sixth.
In the sixth, seventh and eight the Bearcats had the tying run 90 feet away, but failed to drive him in as the Wildcat bullpen ended each rally with a strike out.
Ryley Westman finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, while pinch hitter Stevie Bush went 2-for-3 as a late game addition. True freshman Brandon Kirsch had a double in his 2-for3 performance.
Disselhoff claimed the loss falling to 1-3 on the season, the 3.2 innings pitched was his shortest of the season. Senior reliever Zach Weston went 1.1 innings and sophomore right-hander Danny Malone closed the three innings not allowing a hit and striking out five in his first relief appearance.
Senior Connor Bramlet garnered the victory for the Wildcats in his first start of the season. He went 5.1 innings allowing eight hits and five runs moving his overall record to 3-0. Senior Adam McGuire saved his third game.
Head Coach Darin Loe commented, "I thought we competed really well, we just have to find a way to get a few more runs."
Northwest will travel to Joplin, Mo. for a four-game series versus Missouri Southern starting Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday's single nine-inning game will start at 12 p.m.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 133 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 93 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 40 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 39 straight games … Freshman Brandon Kirsch recorded his first career hit … Malick extended his six game hitting streak to seven with a leadoff double to start the game ... Northwest is now 5-16 all-time against Wayne State … The defense is errorless in five of last seven games and three in-a-row.
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