April 22, 2007
Sticks Wake Up in 12-11 Slugfest Win Over Gorrillas
PITTSBURG, Kan. - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team smacked five home runs, a season high, in an 12-11 slugfest win versus Pittsburg State. The win prevented a sweep, as Northwest dropped its first three games to PSU.
Northwest improves to 22-20 overall and 15-9 in the MIAA, while Pittsburg State drops to 20-22 overall and 11-12 in the MIAA.
The Cats took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI-groundout by senior catcher Ryley Westman scoring sophomore third baseman Ben Malick, who led off the game with a four-pitch walk.
Pittsburg State plated four runs in the first and another three in the second to take a 7-2 lead into the third. The PSU scoring barrage knocked out sophomore starter Bill Disselhoff. Senior reliever Matt Kelly, who later picked up the his first win of the season, went 5.1 innings cooling off the Gorillas bats.
A seven run third inning gave Northwest a 9-7 lead, as the Bearcats brought 10 batters to the plate. Three two-run home runs, by junior first baseman Britt Westman, freshman outfielder Brandon Kirsch and Ben Malick, provided six of the seven runs. Kirsch added another solo shot in the fifth to give Northwest a short lived 10-9 lead.
The Gorillas took a 11-10 lead in the sixth, after a sacrifice fly from junior Brett Hothan scored senior Kevin Deo.
In the eighth, Northwest took advantage of a Gorilla fielding miscue and platted two runs. Sophomore pinch hitter Chris Benham doubled to left center and senior shortstop John White followed with a walk before the error plated Benham. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Britt Westman scored White, which eventually became the game-winning run.
John White made a great defensive play in the seventh, laying out and catching a looping liner, robbing Michael Campbell of a base hit.
Senior closer Brett Whittle recorded the last six outs for his fourth save of the season.
Four players finished with mulit-hit games as the Bearcats collected 13 hits, nearly double the amount in yesterday's doubleheader.
Northwest hit .250 in the four-game series, but did have 14 extra base hits.
Northwest will take on rival Missouri Western Wednesday, April 25 at 5 p.m. in St. Joseph, Mo. The doubleheader will consist of one seven inning game followed by a nine inning affair.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 149 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 109 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 56 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 55 straight games … Whittle now has 13 career saves and needs just two to tie Matt Goodman for the all-time career record of 15 … Britt Westman's two series home runs gives him 21 career round trippers, good for sixth all-time … John White moved into third place all-time with 69 career walks ... Stevie Bush hit his first career home run as a Bearcat - a solo shot in the second inning.
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