April 4, 2007
Baseball Hits Double-Digit Conference Wins with Sweep of Missouri Western
The sweep moves Northwest to 17-15 overall and 10-4 in MIAA play. It drops the Griffons to 13-15 and 6-8 in the MIAA.
In game one, junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. Senior shortstop John White led off the inning with a double and junior second baseman Stevie Bush's sacrifice bunt moved White 90 feet away from home, before Schonhoff's fly ball to right field beat the Griffons.
Senior lefty Brian Lamers relieved sophomore starter Bill Disselhoff and pitched 5.1 no-hit innings to pick up his fifth victory of the season.
Western took a 1-0 lead in the second, but Northwest countered in the bottom half with a two-run home run from the bat of freshman Brandon Kirsch.
The Griffons added another run in the third and two more in the fourth to gain a 4-3 lead. A wild pitch plated senior catcher Ryley Westman to tie the game at four in the fifth, as both teams would go scoreless for three innings.
Northwest pitching silenced the Griffons bats in game two allowing just four hits. Senior Justin Hildebrand gained his second victory of the season logging 5.1 innings, striking out three and allowing three hits. Closer Brett Whittle closed the door recording the last five outs, including a 4-3 double-play to get out of a jam in the sixth.
The Bearcats scored three runs in the first after loading the bases with two walks and a bunt single. An RBI-single by Ryley Westman, followed by two sacrifice flies from juniors Britt Westman and Stevie Bush plated each runner.
A solo line-drive home run by sophomore outfielder Chris Benham in the second added another Bearcat run and a two-out error by the Griffons gave Northwest a 5-0 lead after two innings.
Junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while John White was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three runs scored in the doubleheader.
Northwest will travel to Topeka for doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday this weekend. Friday's games will begin at 2 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. Both doubleheaders will begin with a seven inning game and end with a nine inning game.
NOTES: Junior Britt Westman has started 139 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 99 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 46 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 45 straight games … Nick Pfieffer did not play in today's doubleheader due to a knee injury … Brandon Kirsch's home run was the first of his Bearcat career … The extra inning game was just the second of the season for Northwest … John White now has 42 career doubles, which ties him for second all-time with teammate Ryley Westman … It was Justin Hildebrand's first start of the season … The Bearcats are errorless in six of their last nine games … Northwest is now 48-41 all-time versus Missouri Western.
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