April 21, 2007
Bats Silenced as Baseball Gets Swept by PSU
PITTSBURG, Kan. - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team was swept by Pittsburg State losing another close ball game 3-2 and dropping the nightcap 10-4. The Northwest's bats were silenced by Gorilla pitching today as they totaled just seven hits in 14 innings.
The sweep drops Northwest to 21-20 overall and 14-9 in the MIAA, but improves Pittsburg State to 20-21 overall and 11-11 in the MIAA.
In game one, Northwest was two-hit by the Gorillas ace, senior lefty Bryson Clark. He allowed just four base runners after the second and finished with three strike outs. Clark now stands 6-1 on the season.
Both hits for Northwest came in the second inning as junior first baseman Britt Westman led off with a triple down the right field line. A sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Stevie Bush plated Westman and redshirt freshman Jon Henne hit his first round tripper of the year over the score board in left center.
Sophomore starter Bret Harvel had another solid pitching performance scattering 10 hits, striking out three and allowing just one free pass, but did take the loss. Harvel drops to 3-4 on the season, but holds a 2.73 ERA.
Junior third baseman Luke Naccarato's game-winning RBI-single in the seventh scored junior infielder Brett Hothan, who led off the inning with a single to the right side.
Pittsburg State got an early 4-0 lead in the nightcap and Northwest never recovered scoring four runs on five hits.
A two-out double by Britt Westman drove in the Cats first two runs in the fourth inning after Gorilla's junior starter Greg Rawlings retired the first seven batters to start the contest. Freshman Brandon Kirsch smacked another home run, this of the two-run variety, in the seventh.
Bearcats starter Joel Epley lasted 4.2 innings in the loss allowing seven runs, four earned. Epley drops to 4-4 after his outing.
Half of PSU runs were from home runs, as freshman Justin Northern hit a three-run home run in the second and senior Kevin Deo dropped a two-run bomb in the sixth.
Northwest completes the four-game series with PSU tomorrow. The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m., was moved to a noon start and will be a one nine-inning game.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 148 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 108 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 55 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 54 straight games … Ryley Westman's hitting streak of nine games was snapped in game one … This is the first MIAA series that Northwest will lose this season … Joel Epley has had a decision in every one of his starts this season ... Northwest has not lost three games in-a-row since early March.
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