May 1, 2007
Bearcat Baseball Splits Doubleheader with IchabodsTOPEKA, Kan. - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split another doubleheader series with conference foe Washburn University. Northwest won game on 9-0, but lost the nightcap in opposite fashion 10-4.
The split moves the Bearcats to 27-21 overall and 20-10 in the MIAA, while the Ichabods post a 20-25 overall record and 14-18 mark in the MIAA.
Game one was highlighted by the left arm of senior Brian Lamers, who threw a four-hit complete game shutout to bring his season record to 7-3. Lamers faced just six above the minimum throwing only 85 pitches and gaining the third shutout of his career.
The Bearcats plated three runs in the third thanks to on a leadoff solo home run by freshman outfielder Brandon Kirsch and some free passes issued by Ichabod starter Jake Loveless. The added six more in the next three innings as sophomore third baseman Ben Malick and junior second baseman each drove in a run.
Only four of the nine Bearcat runs were driven in as the Ichabod pitching staff had four wild pitches and issued seven walks.
Malick, senior catcher Ryley Westman and redshirt freshman Jon Henne each collected two hits in game one.
Game two was the polar opposite of game one as the Bearcat pitching staff struggled to throw strikes, while the Ichabod bats woke up pounding out 14 hits.
Northwest trailed 2-1 early heading into the bottom of the third before an eighth run Washburn third exploded a slim margin. The Ichabod's third brought 13 batters to the plate thanks to six RBI-singles.
The Cats added three runs in the late inning. Sophomore outfielder Chris Benham had the sole RBI driving in junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw with an RBI-single in the second. Junior second baseman Stevie Bush and junior first baseman Britt Westman, along with Benham, each smacked two hits.
On the mound for the Bearcats, junior Joel Epley struggled early walking four batters in just 1.2 innings pitched. Head Coach Darin Loe went to the bullpen three times before settling on senior reliever Josh Norris who ate up the last four innings allowing just two hits.
The doubleheader was postponed to a 4:30 start because of tornado warnings in the area. There was also an 18-minute delay in the top of the third due to lightning.
Northwest will finish its series with Missouri Western tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a doubleheader at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph. The first game will go seven innings with the nightcap going the full nine.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 155 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 115 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 62 straight games … Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 61 straight games … Northwest's streak of committed an error was stopped at 10 straight games after an errorless game one … Northwest is now 49-42 all-time versus the Ichabods ... The win in game one gave Loe his 230th Northwest victory ... With Kirsch's first inning home run in game one, he homered in four consecutive at-bats.
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