April 1, 2007
Bearcats Swept by Lions to End Series
JOPLIN, Mo. - ( Game 1) ( Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team allowed 24 runs and were swept for the first time by a MIAA team. The Bearcats pitching staff struggled to stop the bats of Missouri Southern dropping game one 15-6 and game two 9-8.
After the 2-2 series split with Missouri Southern, Northwest drops back to .500 with a 15-15 overall record and 8-4 in MIAA play.
The Lions plated four runs in each the first three innings of game one and led 12-2. Henry Adams drove in seven of the 12 early runs and finished 3-for-4 with a run scored.
The Northwest pitching staff, coupled by four defensive miscues, allowed the Lions to score every inning except the sixth. The Bearcat bats got going early scoring two runs in the top half of the first on a two-run home run from junior first baseman Britt Westman, but could not muster enough offense to keep up with the hot bats of the Lions.
Senior shortstop John White finished 3-for-4 with a double and junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Junior starter Joel Epley took the loss, in his shortest outing of the season, dropping to 3-3. Two relievers could not cool the bats of Southern, until junior Zach Weston logged the last three innings allowing just two runs, both unearned.
In game two, Northwest dropped behind 7-2 early but battled back getting within one run twice.
A three-run fourth on three consecutive RBI at-bats from Britt Westman, Ryley Westman and John White got the Bearcats within two at 7-5. An RBI single by junior second baseman Stevie Bush in the sixth chipped the Lions lead to one at 7-6, but Southern countered with two in the bottom half to get a three-run margin.
An unearned run in the eighth and a RBI-groundout in the ninth made it a one-run ball game. Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick was just 90 feet away with two outs when Britt Westman flew out to right field to end the Bearcat comeback.
Sophomore starter Danny Malone logged five innings and took the loss enduring 10 hits and eight runs, all earned. The loss drops Malone to 2-3.
Luke Lawver did it all for the Lions in game two. He gained the victory and went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored, three doubles and a RBI.
In the series, John White stole the show at the plate hitting a sizzling 9-for-15 with five doubles, a home run and six RBI.
The team ERA of 9.30 was the highest series ERA of the season for the usually consistent pitching staff.
Northwest will take on conference rival Missouri Western on Tuesday, April 3 at 1 p.m. in Maryville, Mo. The doubleheader is scheduled for two seven innings games.
NOTES: Junior Britt Westman has started 137 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 97 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 44 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 43 straight games … Nick Pfieffer did not play in today's doubleheader due to a knee injury … Northwest is now 20-30 all-time versus Missouri Southern.
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