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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 11, 2007

Northwest Drops MIAA Tournament Opener to Emporia State 9-7

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - (L 7-9) Northwest Missouri State allowed nine runs off of 16 hits in dropping a 9-7 decision to Emporia State in the opening round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Baseball Tournament at Crane Stadium and Tompkins Field at the University of Central Missouri.

The Bearcats fall to 29-25 and face the loser of No. 1 Central Missouri and No. 4 Fort Hays State at 12 noon on Saturday, May 12. Emporia moves to 30-26 and faces the winner of the UCM/FHSU matchup at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Northwest took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third before the Emporia State bats exploded for five runs off of five hits.

The Bearcats answered back with three runs in the fourth inning. Junior Britt Westman reached on a throwing error and scored after freshman Jon Henne, Jr., doubled and advanced to third on an error at center field. Henne scored off of a ground-out by sophomore Chris Benham, advancing sophomore Stevie Bush to second, who reached on a walk. Bush would advance home to cap the Bearcat scoring in the inning after sophomore Ben Malick doubled to center field.

Emporia State regained the lead with two runs in the fifth inning off of a pair of solo home runs from Matt Marasco and Nick Wolfe.

Northwest tied the game in the seventh inning with senior Ryley Westman hitting a single to third base to drive in Malick. Junior Jake Bradshaw scored after Westman was picked off to even the score at seven apiece.

The Hornets opened the eighth inning with a pair of singles and advanced the runners to second and third off a sacrifice bunt from Conner Crumbliss. Mark McBratney hit a double to right center, scoring Tim Barger and Andy Anderson. Northwest put two runners on base with two outs in the ninth inning, but couldn't advance the runners home after a fly-out to centerfield by Britt Westman.

Senior Brian Lamers took the loss on the mound, recording his first loss since March 7 when he took a 0-7 loss to Nebraska-Omaha. Brock Nehls came in relief to take the win for Emporia, moving to 6-4 on the season.

No. 3 Northwest Missouri State vs. No. 2 Emporia State - MIAA Tournament
Face the loser of No. 1 Central Missouri/No. 4 Fort Hays State at 12 noon on May 12

Individual Notes:
12th start for right-hander Bret Harvel this season.
*Britt Westman starts his 161st consecutive game at first base.
*John White starts his 121st consecutive game.
*Ben Malick starts his 68th consecutive game.
*Ryley Westman's double in the second inning moves him into a tie for second for career doubles with 46 with John White.
*Harvel's five earned runs given up are the most this season … five total runs are the most since Feb. 27, when West Florida scored nine against him … his 3.1 innings pitch is the shortest starting outing since pitching for three innings on March 7 against Nebraska-Omaha.
*Ryley Westman extends his hitting streak to four games … recorded his 17th game with multiple hits this season.
*John White records his 18th game with multiple hits this season.

Team Notes:
*Stands 4-9 in the MIAA tournament all-time.
*Stands 1-3 against Emporia State in MIAA tournament all-time.
*Stands 29-27 against Emporia State all-time.
*3-5 in 2-run games this season.
*24-12 when scoring first
*3-21 when trailing after the 6th inning.
*0-2 when tied after the 7th inning.
*0-12 when trailing after the 8th inning.
*Five runs given up in the third inning is the most since Washburn scored eight in the third inning in the second game on May 1.
*Allowed the most runs (7) since allowing Washburn to score 10 on May 1.
*Allowed 16 hits, the most since allowing 16 against Missouri Southern on April 1.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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