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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 12, 2007

Bearcats Remain in MIAA Tournament with 7-2 Win Over Fort Hays State

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- (W 7-2) Northwest Missouri State remains in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Baseball Tournament, taking a 6-0 lead and holding on for a 7-2 win over Fort Hays Sate at Crane Stadium and Tompkins Field at the University of Central Missouri.

The Bearcats improve to 30-25, reaching 30 wins for the eighth time in school history and the fourth time under head coach Darin Loe. The Tigers drop to 33-20 and will await word for possible NCAA postseason play.

Northwest got on the board first when senior Ryley Westman scored off a groundout to the shortstop by junior Stevie Bush. The Bearcats increased the lead to 2-0 off a solo home run by junior Britt Westman in the fourth, moving him into fifth in school career records with 22 to his name.

The Bearcats put together back-to-back solo home runs from freshman Brandon Kirsch and sophomore Chris Benham to take a four-run lead after the fifth inning. Bush recorded his second RBI of the game in the sixth inning, driving in freshman Jon Henne, Jr., and sophomore Ben Malick notched a RBI for the afternoon to drive in Kirsch to provide Northwest a 6-0 lead going in the seventh.

Fort Hays recorded its first run in the seventh inning, with Jason Pfeifer scoring off a sacrifice fly from J.R. Reynolds. Luke Dreiling opened the Fort Hays eighth inning with his 12th home run of the season to right field. The Bearcats added a run in the bottom of the eighth with Kirsch's third run of the day, driven in by a sacrifice fly to center field by senior John White. Fort Hays went down in order in the ninth to provide the 7-2 win for Northwest.

Senior Brian Lamers won his ninth game of his last ten decisions, improving to 9-3 on the season. Lamers struck out seven batters and allowed three hits. Bobby Lewton took the loss for Fort Hays, moving to 6-6 on the season.

Northwest will face the loser of No. 1 Central Missouri and No. 2 Emporia State 30 minutes after the conclusion of their game in an elimination game tonight (May 12) at Crane Stadium.

Individual Notes vs. No. 4 Fort Hays State
*Brian Lamers makes his 13th start this season … leads the team.
*Britt Westman starts his 162nd consecutive game at first base.
*John White starts his 122nd consecutive game.
*Ben Malick started his 69th consecutive game.
*Ryley's single to lead off the second inning extends his hitting streak to five games, the longest active streak on the squad.
*Britt Westman moves into tied for fifth in career charts (22) and tie for ninth in season charts (11) with home run in fourth inning … first home run since April 22 against Pittsburg State.
*Brandon Kirsch moves into a tie for ninth with his 11th home run in the fifth inning.
*Kirsch records his fourth two-RBI game of the season and seventh multi-RBI game.
*Kirsch scores three runs for the second time this season, a personal record … last time against Truman State on April 29.
*Chris Benham hits his third home run of the season over the scoreboard in right center field for the Bearcats back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
*Britt Westman recorded two hits for the 12th time this season … 18th game this season with multiple hits.
*Ben Malick earns two hits for the 14th time this season … leads the team with 22 multi-hit games this season.
*Britt Westman records three hits for the first time since April 15 against Emporia State … seventh three-hit game this season.
*Seven strikeouts by Lamers are most since striking out nine against Minnesota-Crookston on March 11 … three hits are the fewest since allowing none in 5.1 innings of work against Missouri Western on April 4.
*Lamers now 9-3 on the season, winning nine of his last 10 decisions.

Team Notes vs. No. 4 Fort Hay State
*Stands 5-9 in the MIAA Tournament all-time.
*Stands 1-0 against Fort Hays State in the MIAA Tournament.
*Stands 7-4 against the Tigers all-time … won the past four meetings between the two.
26-2 when leading after the sixth inning … 10-1 when leading after the seventh inning … 11-1 when leading after the eighth inning.
*7-3 when hitting more than two home runs … three home runs today were most since hitting three against Truman State on April 29.
*Fourteen hits are the most since recording 16 on April 28 vs. Truman State.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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