April 29, 2007
Three Home Run Day from Kirsch Aids Bearcats 12-1 Stomping of BulldogsMARYVILLE - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball completed a four-game sweep of Truman State winning 12-1 behind a three home run day from freshman outfielder Brandon Kirsch.
Northwest is now 26-20 overall and 19-9 in conference action. The Bulldogs fall to 9-33 overall and 5-22 in the MIAA.
Northwest scored in every inning except the third, highlighted by a six run fifth. Four hits, two walks and a Bulldog error had 12 players come to the plate in the fifth as sophomore starter Danny Malone got a comfortable 11-0 lead.
The day after senior shortstop John White hit for the cycle, Kirsch nearly completed a home run cycle hitting a two-run, three-run and solo home run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. He ended the day 4-for-4 with seven RBI. Senior catcher Ryley Westman finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while John White and redshirt freshman Jon Henne each collected two hits.
Sophomore starter Danny Malone went six scorless innings striking out four and allowing just four hits in his third win this season.
It was the first MIAA conference sweep for the Bearcats as they hit a sizzling .440 as a team with nine doubles and 51 hits. The pitching staff struck out 23, compared to just six walks.
The Bearcats will now play eight games this upcoming week to finish the regular season. They will travel to Topeka, Kan. on Tuesday, May 1, to take on Washburn at 4 p.m. with a seven and nine doubleheader. Then to St. Joseph, Mo. on Wednesday, May 2, for another seven and nine doubleheader with the time to still be determined. Finally, the Bearcats will finish the season with a four-game set in Warrensburg, Mo. taking on Central Missouri starting Friday night at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 153 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 113 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 60 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 59 straight games … Northwest has committed an error in 10 straight games … Northwest has won 22 straight games against Truman State … Britt Westman ended his 11-game hitting streak going 0-for-3 ... Ryley Westman was 8-for-12 in the series with three runs scored and four RBI ... Henne finished the series 8-for-15 with a double and triple.
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