April 20, 2007
Bearcats Lose Heartbreaker 8-6 in Extra Innings to PSU
PITTSBURG, Kan. - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team dropped a heartbreaker 8-6 to Pittsburg State tonight in extra innings. The game went 12 innings thanks to a two-out 3-run home run from Freshman Brandon Kirsch that tied the game at five in the ninth.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 21-18 overall and 14-7 in the MIAA, while the Gorillas move to 18-21 overall and 9-11 in the MIAA.
Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick and junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw led off the game with back-to-back singles and Malick scored on a RBI-groundout by senior catcher Ryley Westman to take an early 1-0 lead.
The Gorilla's junior southpaw Garrett Forsythe retired 17 straight batters after the back-to-back leadoff singles and went 8.2 innings striking out six and walking just one.
A solo shot by junior first baseman Britt Westman in the seventh got Northwest within three at 5-2.
In the ninth with two outs and nobody on, junior second baseman Stevie Bush doubled down the left field line and junior outfielder Todd Schonhoff walked bring to the plate freshman outfielder Brandon Kirsch. On a 1-2 count, Kirsch smacked the game tying home run to left center field. Sophomore pinch runner Chris Benham was gunned down at home later in the inning to force bonus baseball.
Benham scored the go-ahead run in the twelfth off an RBI-infield single by Ryley Westman, after leading off the inning with a single to left.
The Gorillas countered in the bottom half with an RBI-single from junior Luke Naccarato to tie the game at six. A walk-off home run by senior Kevin Deao won the game for PSU completing the fourth and final lead change.
Senior lefty Brian Lamers pitched eight innings striking out five and allowing five runs, all earned, on eight hits. Senior closer Brett Whittle finished the game, giving up three runs in the bottom of the twelfth, and took the loss dropping his season record to 2-2.
Northwest will continue the series tomorrow with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Both games will be seven innings
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has 146 started straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 106 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 53 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 52 straight games … Kirsch's home run was his third of the season … Britt Westman's home run was his ninth of the season … Ryley Westman's extended his hitting streak to nine games … Brian Lamers no decision snaps six straight appearances with a victory.
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