May 4, 2007
Bearcats Lose to Mules in Ninth 6-5WARRENSBURG, Mo. - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 9 Central Missouri 6-5 in the Mules last at-bat. Central scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to take a possible win from the Bearcats.
Northwest drops to 28-23 overall and 21-12 in the MIAA, while the Mules move to 46-8 and 27-5 in the MIAA.
The Cats will clinch a berth in the MIAA tournament with just one win.
Northwest took an early 1-0 lead when junior first baseman Britt Westman smacked a two-out RBI-double to left center field scoring senior shortstop John White. The Cats added another two runs in the fourth with RBI-singles from sophomore third baseman Ben Malick and John White to give them a 3-2 lead.
Sophomore starter Bill Disselhoff logged 4.2 innings scattering six hits and allowing two runs, both earned. Junior set-up man Evan Nickell relieved Disselhoff and allowed two runs in 2.1 innings.
Northwest extended its lead to 5-2 with three consecutive hits with two-outs in the fifth. Junior second baseman Stevie Bush started the two-out rally with a double to right center and freshman outfielder Brandon Kirsch and sophomore outfielder Chris Benham each followed with RBI-singles.
Northwest took advantage of four Mule errors as only two of the five Bearcat runs were earned.
In the ninth, pinch hitter Josh Paul led off with a bloop single and advanced to second on a balk by senior closer Brett Whittle. A sacrifice bunt moved him to third and he scored on an RBI-single by Blaine Rutledge. After a throwing error moved Rutledge to third Northwest loaded the bases with intentional walks and struck out Luis Perez. An infield single from the bat Alex Kent drove in the winning run and gave the Bearcats a tough loss.
The Loss dropped Whittle to 3-4 on the season.
The Cats will take on the Mules in a doubleheader tomorrow at 4 p.m. The doubleheader, originally scheduled for 1 p.m., will be two seven inning contests.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 158 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 118 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 65 straight games …. Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 64 straight games … Northwest is now 61-115 all-time versus Central Missouri … Central is a perfect 23-0 at home this year … John White picked up his 200th career hit with a RBI-single in the fourth.
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