Feb. 15, 2008
Bearcats Swept in Season Opener
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team was swept by Arkansas Tech. 6-5 and 10-0, in its season-opener today. Northwest battled back in game one scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to knot the game at five, but Tech scored one in the bottom half to win. In game two, Tech used a 10-run third and shut out Northwest.
The Bearcats fall to 0-2 on the young season, while the Wonder Boys improve to 6-3.
In game one, Tech dented the scoreboard first with a two run third inning. Nick Pfeiffer countered with a lead-off home run, the first of his career, to start the fourth and Ryan Bledsoe drove in Trevor Connor with a single to tie the game at two.
Tech tacked on three more runs, two in the fourth and one in the sixth, and headed into the seventh with a 5-2 lead. Pfeiffer would start the rally with a free-pass and Connor would follow in the seventh. With two-outs and runners at first and second Bledsoe, Ben Malick and Todd Schonhoff would come through with RBI-singles to knot the game at five.
Tech led off the bottom of the seventh with a double down the left field line and a bunt put runners at first and third with one out. A blooper into left was nearly nabbed by a diving Brett Harper but plated the winning run for Tech, grabbing a 6-5 victory.
Reliever Evan Nickell was handed the loss after starter Bret Harvel logged the first five innings. Malick, Bledsoe and Kreed Kurtz all finished with two hits and Bledsoe knocked in two RBI's. Pfeiffer long ball was his only hit, but finished 1-for-1 with three walks.
Minus the bottom of the third, game two was a pitchers duel. The Wonder Boys plated 10 runs and sent 14 batters to the plate in the third, ending starter Joel Epley night early. Danny Malone relieved Epley in the third and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Offensively, Northwest garnered just four hits in game two. Kurtz had two of the four hits, including a double, with Malick and Conner each smacking singles.
Defensively, the Bearcats were perfect in the field, turned a 5-4-3 double-play and cut down a runner at home in the double dip.
UP NEXT: The Bearcats are scheduled to play a doubleheader tomorrow, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. Weather could change the schedule, so please visit www.NorthwestBearcats.com for the latest updates.
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