Feb. 18, 2007
Bearcat Baseball Takes Opening Series with 11-2 Win
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - (stats) The Northwest Missouri State baseball team defeated Arkansas Tech 11-2 to win the four-game opening series. Northwest trounced the Wonder Boys early getting four runs in the top of the first thanks to a three-run home run by junior first baseman Britt Westman.
Tech's starter, Bryan Eagle, faced just four batters and never recorded an out before being replaced by Blake Bailey.
The Bearcats starter, sophomore transfer Danny Malone, went six strong innings scattering six hits and giving up just one run. True freshman Adam Switzer finished the game getting the save.
Britt Westman finished the day 2-for-5 with five RBI, providing a majority of the Bearcat offense. Westman was complimented by multi-hit performances from junior outfielder Jake Bradshaw and his brother, Ryley Westman.
Just five of the 11 Northwest runs were earned as the Wonder Boy's committed six costly errors. On the flip side, Northwest committed just one error and made some spectacular defensive plays. Senior shortstop John White opened the game making a nice play deep in the hole and finished with eight assists. Sophomore third baseman Ben Malick snagged a line drive in the sixth saving a run.
Northwest earns a 3-1 record to start the 2007 season as Arkansas Tech drops to 2-8-1.
Northwest has next week off. They will be back in action Monday, Feb. 26 as they take on West Florida at 4 p.m.
NOTES: The 3-1 start is the best Northwest has started since 2004 … Bradshaw and Westman, R. each have four-game hitting streaks … Bradshaw went 7-for-17 in the series swiping 4-of-5 bases … White went 7-for-18 including a four-hit performance on Saturday … Britt Westman has started 111 straight games … Northwest is now 4-2 all-time versus Arkansas Tech.
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