April 6, 2007
Baseball Splits at Washburn in Cold Weather
TOPEKA, Kan. -- (W 5-4) (L 9-7) In unseasonably cold weather, Northwest Missouri State baseball came back from a 4-1 deficit to gain a 5-4 opening win in a doubleheader at Washburn this afternoon from Falley Field. Washburn salvaged the conference split with a 9-7 win in the nightcap.
Northwest now stands 18-16 overall and 11-5 in the league circuit. Washburn sits at 13-14 and 7-7 in the conference.
The Bearcats trailed 4-1 heading into the fifth inning in Game 1 before senior John White homered to right field and the deficit was cut to 4-2. Northwest tied the game thanks to solo shots off the bats of the Westman brothers, first by the elder Ryley and then by junior Britt, in the seventh frame. Junior Jake Bradshaw scored the game-winner after a two-out single by B. Westman in the ninth inning. Senior Brett Whittle, normally the Bearcat closer, notched the win going 4.0 innings and striking out three. He gave up just three hits.
The tables turned in the second game as Northwest jumped out to a 4-1 lead. But in the bottom of the fourth, the hosts pushed across seven runs on six hits as 13 Ichabods stepped into the batter's box. Northwest scored three times in the fifth and sixth but the tying run hit into a game-ending double play in the top of the seventh inning. Sophomore Danny Malone was hit with the loss going just 3.0 innings. He allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits.
White extended his current hitting streak to 11 games with a 3-for-7 effort in the doubleheader. B. Westman was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and three walks. Junior Stevie Bush finished 4-for-6 and freshman Brandon Kirsch ended with three hits.
The teams combined for 11 errors in the two games.
Northwest next heads to Missouri Western on Tuesday, April 10 for a twinbill scheduled for 3 p.m.. The Bearcats and Ichabods postponed a doubleheader meeting scheduled for tomorrow (April 7) until May 1 at 4 p.m.
NOTES: Junior Britt Westman has started 141 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 101 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 48 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 47 straight games … Senior John White moved past Ryley Westman for second all-time with his 43rd career double in Game 2 … Temperatures at the end of the DH was in the mid-30s with winds in the 20s.
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