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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 16, 2007

Bearcat Baseball Splits in Doubleheader Versus ESU

MARYVILLE, Mo. - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball split with Emporia State to complete its four-game series. The Bearcats lost game one 2-1, despite a one hit performance from sophomore right hander Bret Harvel. Northwest grabbed the nightcap 4-2 scoring the go-ahead run the third.

Northwest moves to 21-17 and 14-6 in the MIAA, while the Hornets are 23-17 and 12-8 in the MIAA after losing three of four to the Cats.

Harvel pitched 7.0 innings striking out four and allowed just two base runners in his one-hit performance. The sole hit was an opposite field home run down the left field line by junior outfielder Mark McBratney in the second. Bret took the loss dropping to 3-3.

Northwest tallied a run in the third as junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw drove in freshman outfielder Brandon Kirsch with a two-out double down the right field line.

McBrantney reached on a three-base error in the fifth and scored on a squeeze bunt from senior outfielder Bill Sharp.

Neither started went three innings in game two as Northwest took an early 2-0 lead in the first thanks to a two-out RBI-double by first baseman Britt Westman's scoring senior shortstop John White and sophomore third baseman Ben Malick.

Sophomore transfer Bill Disselhoff relieved senior starter Justin Hildebrand and went 4.1 scoreless innings for his third victory. Senior closer Brett Whittle got the six-out save, his third of the season, getting the third out in the eighth and ninth with two runners on.

Northwest added an insurance run in the sixth extending a 3-2 lead to 4-2 on a RBI-double from junior outfielder Drew DeMott.

Junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff was 4-for-4 in today's action, going 3-for-3 in game two and getting a pinch-hit single in seventh inning of game one. Britt and Malick both finished 2-for-4 in game two of doubleheader and Kirsch was 2-for-3 in game one.

Northwest will travel to Pittsburg State this weekend for a four-game set. Friday's game, April 20, will begin at 6 p.m. and be a nine inning affair. Two seven inning games are scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. followed by one nine inning game on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

NOTES: Britt Westman has started 145 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 105 straight games … Ben Malick has started 52 straight games … Ryley Westman has started 51 straight games … It is the third MIAA series that Northwest has won ... NCAA Division II Baseball Regional Ranking are expected to be announced Wednesday, April 18.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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