May 5, 2007
A Split Gives the Bearcats a Bid in the MIAA Baseball Conference Tournament
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - (Game 1) (Game 2) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team won game one and lost game two by the same score of 6-2. The Bearcats guaranteed themselves a spot in the MIAA Conference Tournament with the first game win. Depending on the outcomes of tomorrows game the Bearcats will either be a three or four seed in the MIAA. Central has secured the one seed, while Emporia State has taken the two seed.
The split moves Northwest to 29-24 overall and 22-13 in the MIAA, while the Mules move to 47-9 and 28-6 in the MIAA.
The Cats took a 2-0 lead after the first three innings thanks to a RBI-double from junior second baseman Stevie Bush in the second and a RBI-single from senior catcher Ryley Westman in the third. The Mules countered with two runs in the fourth to knot the game heading into the fifth.
A Mule throwing error in the fifth scored two runs as Northwest added another two in the sixth on a double by sophomore third baseman Ben Malick. Malick finished 3-for-4 with three doubles, while Steve Bush collected two hits in four at-bats.
Senior southpaw Brian Lamers went the distance gaining his fourth complete game this season. He scattered six hits and allowed two runs, just one earned, in his team leading eight victory of the season.
In game two, the Cats pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone in the fourth walking one and hitting three consecutive batters. The Mules plated four runs on just two hits as three different pitchers toed the rubber in the fourth.
Sophomore starter Danny Malone took the loss in game two dropping his record to 3-5. Senior reliever's Josh Norris and Cody Sinclair made appearances, while junior Joel Epley made a rare relief appearance.
Northwest's only runs came in the fourth and the sixth as Stevie Bush drove in the only Bearcat run. Northwest twice had the bases loaded and less than two outs, but failed to take advantage of opportunities scoring just one run in the two situations.
Northwest will close the four-game series with one nine inning game tomorrow at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Junior first baseman Britt Westman has started 160 straight games … Senior shortstop John White has started 120 straight games … Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick has started 67 straight games …. Senior catcher Ryley Westman has started 66 straight games … The last time a Bearcat hit three doubles in a game was Tristan Stewart, who accomplished the same feat on April 16, 2005 in an 18-10 win versus Pittsburg State … Northwest is now 62-116 all-time versus Central Missouri … Northwest broke Central 26-game home winning streak with the 6-2 win.
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