March 31, 2007
Bearcat Baseball Takes First Two from Missouri SouthernJOPLIN, Mo. - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team defeated the Missouri Southern Lions 5-1 in game one and 14-9 in game two. Northwest pounded out a total of 25 hits in the doubleheader sweep.
Northwest improves to 15-13 overall and 8-2 in the MIAA, while the Lions drop to 10-17 overall and 3-9 in the MIAA.
Game one was a pitchers duel until the fifth when the Lions drew first blood with a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Luke Lawver driving in sophomore second baseman Matt Imrie, who reached with a leadoff single.
The Bearcats countered with four runs in the sixth sparked by a leadoff double by freshman Brandon Kirsch. A RBI-single by redshirt freshman Nick Pfeiffer drove in junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw and back-to-back two out RBI-doubles by senior's Ryley Westman and John White completed the scoring barrage. An insurance run in the sixth, driven in by Bradshaw on a squeeze bunt, gave Northwest a 5-1 lead with just three outs remaining.
Senior closer Brett Whittle closed out the Lions after sophomore starter Bret Harvel went the first six innings and faced one batter in the seventh. Harvel gained the win, now 3-2 on the season, going six innings, allowing seven hits and one run and striking out three.
Brandon Kirsch finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and runs scored. Nick Pfeiffer was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored.
In game two, scored at least one run in the first four innings en route to a 9-2 early lead. Junior outfielder Drew DeMott smacked a two-run home run, his first of the season, in the third and junior first baseman Britt Westman followed with another two-run home run in the fourth.
The Lions got within four, 9-5, after a three-run fifth compliments of a two-RBI triple by junior third baseman Matt Mantle with two-outs.
John White clobbered a three-run home run in the sixth and Ben Malick's two-RBI single gave Northwest a 14-5 lead before stretch time. Southern mustered a little offense in the eighth scoring three runs and adding another run in the ninth, but it would not be enough as junior reliever Evan Nickell closed the door on a possible Lion comeback.
Senior lefty Brian Lamers went six innings striking out four and allowing five runs, all earned, to record his team-leading fourth win of the season.
Six players had multi-hit games led by Britt Westman, Stevie Bush and Drew DeMott each going 3-for-5 at the plate. John White led all batters with four RBI.
NOTES: Junior first baseman has started 135 straight games ... Senior shortstop has started 95 straight games ... Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 42 straight games ... Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 42 straight games ... Malick's seven game hitting streak came to an end in game one as he was 0-for-2 ... Pfeiffer sprained his knee in game two after a collision with shortstop John White - his condition is uncertain at this time.
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