Feb. 25, 2008
Westman's 3-Run Homer Beats Boll Weevils
MONTICELLO, Ark. - Senior Britt Westman smacked an opposite field, 3-run home run in the eight inning to give Northwest a come from behind 7-5 victory against Arkansas-Monticello. Westman finished 2-for-5 with two round trippers and four RBI's.
The win improves Northwest to 3-2 and drops the Boll Weevils to 0-11.
Northwest fell behind 3-0 after Arkansas-Monticello scored one run in the second and two in the third. In the fourth, Westman hit a solo shot over the left field wall to begin the Northwest comeback. Bill Disselhoff added another solo home run in the fifth and tied the game at three with an RBI-double in the seventh.
The Boll Weevils retook the lead in the bottom half of the seventh, 5-3, on a two-out, two-run bomb by Chris Whatley.
Ryan Bledsoe started the eighth inning rally, which saw Northwest send nine batters to the plate, with a walk. Pinch hitter Todd Schonhoff followed with another base on balls and forced a Boll Weevil's pitching change.Whatley relieved starter Kyle Thaxton, who was tagged with the loss.
After a throwing error by catcher Ben Turner, that allowed Bledose to score and Ben Malick to reach first, Northwest trailed 5-4 with runners at the corners and nobody out. Westman then took a 0-2 fastball and clobbered the baseball over the right center field wall and gave Northwest the lead 7-5.
Evan Nickell closed out the ball game, picking up his second save in as many days, and starter Joel Epley was awarded his first win of the season. Ben Briant saw his first college action and struck out one batter in the eighth.
Kreed Kurtz and Bledsoe both finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. In his first start in the lineup, Disselhoff went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.
UP NEXT: Northwest will take on the University of West Florida at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 26. One nine-inning affair is scheduled.
• Westman has 25 career home runs, good for fifth all-time.
• Disselhoff home run was the first of his Northwest career and second in college baseball.
• Westman has started 168 straight games.
• Malick has started 75 straight games.
• Northwest needs six victories for 1,000 all-time wins.
• Westman has 157 career RBI's and need just five more to break the all-time school record of 161, held by John Sipes.
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