April 28, 2007
Cats Take Twinbill from Bulldogs; White Hits for CycleMARYVILLE - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball swept the Truman State Bulldogs today, winning game one 5-4 and game two 9-6. Senior shortstop John White stole the show on senior day hitting for the cycle in game two and finishing the day 4-for-8 with two runs scored and five RBI.
Northwest is now 25-20 overall and 18-9 in conference action. The Bulldogs fall to 9-33 overall and 5-22 in the MIAA.
In game one, the Bulldogs surrendered an early four-run lead as redshirt freshman Jon Henne's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh plated junior first baseman Britt Westman. The Bearcats chipped away at an early 4-0 deficit scoring one in the second, two in the fourth and tying the game in the fifth.
Henne finished 3-for-4, his first three hit game this season, with two RBI, while junior outfield Jake Bradshaw had a 2-for-2 performance with a double and run scored. Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick also collected two hits.
Senior closer Brett Whittle picked up his fourth win of the season, relieving senior lefty Brian Lamers. Lamers pitched six innings striking out six and faced one batter in the seventh. Whittle retired the only three batters he faced.
Game two was highlighted by a cycle from the bat of John White. A double in the first followed by a solo home run to lead off the third began White's memorable performance. An RBI-single in the fourth set up a possible triple opportunity in the fifth. A hard hit fly ball over the center fielder gave White exactly what he wanted sliding head first into third base for his first triple of the season, as he took full advantage of the rare opportunity.
Sophomore right hander Bill Disselhoff pitched effectively for five innings gaining his third win and giving him a 3-3 season record. Senior reliever, and spot starter, Justin Hildebrand relieved Disselhoff before junior penmate Evan Nickell finished the game recording the last three outs.
The Cats took an early 3-1 lead scoring a run in each of the first three innings. The Bulldogs plated five run in the last two innings, but the 9-1 Northwest lead ensured a Bearcat victory.
Five players had multi-hit games, obviously led by White, with Ben Malick and sophomore outfielder Chris Benham each finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Northwest finished game two with 16 hits.
The Bearcats will finish their four-game set with Truman State tomorrow at noon with one nine inning game. Sophomore right hander Danny Malone is the probable starter on the hill.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 152 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 112 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 59 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 58 straight games … Northwest has committed an error in nine straight games … Northwest has won 21 straight games against Truman State … Britt Westman extended his hitting streak to 11 games … The cycle by John White is the only Northwest cycle of record.
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