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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 15, 2007

Northwest Baseball Takes Two from ESU

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team took sole possession of second place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) with a doubleheader sweep of Emporia State. Northwest took game one 3-1 and game two 9-3.

Northwest moves to 20-16 overall and 13-5 in the MIAA, while the Hornets drop to 22-16 and 11-7 in the MIAA.

Senior lefty Brian Lamers threw a complete game allowing just five base runners en route to his sixth win of the season. Lamers has won his last five starts and was awarded with a win in his sole relief appearance of the season.

The Bearcats plated all three of its runs in the bottom of the second on four hits. Sophomore Bill Disselhoff drove in the first run of the game with an RBI-single and sophomore third baseman Ben Malick's sacrifice fly scored Disselhoff to complete the scoring.

In game two, Northwest hit four home runs, tying a team high this season. Two home runs came from the bat of junior first baseman Britt Westman, while the other two were from senior catcher Ryley Westman and freshman Brandon Kirsch.

The Bearcats offense scored in four of the first five innings leading 8-0 after five complete. Emporia countered with three runs in the seventh as five of the first six batters reached base safely.

Britt Westman finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. He was the only player to have a multi-hit game in the doubleheader.

Junior transfer Joel Epley went six scoreless innings striking out five picking up the victory. He is now 4-3 on the season.

Both teams will be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. to complete the four-game series. The first game will be a seven inning game and the second will be a nine inning contest.

NOTES: Britt Westman has started 143 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 103 straight games … Ben Malick has started 50 straight games … Ryley Westman has started 49 straight games … The Westman brothers hit back-to-back home runs for the second time this season in second inning of game two … John White's 11-game hitting streak was snapped in game one as he went 0-for-3.

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