Feb. 28, 2008
Six Straight W's for Bearcats
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team swept a doubleheader, 4-2 and 8-7, from the University of West Florida to extend its win streak to six games. Britt Westman smacked a two-run shot in game two and now stands alone atop the all-time Northwest RBI list with 163.
After the sweep, the Bearcats improve to 6-2 and drop the Argonauts to 9-9.
Bill Disselhoff went five strong innings in game one and picked up the win. He struck out four batters and allowed one run in his first outing. Evan Nickell recorded a five-out save, his third of the season, and struck out a pair.
Brandon Kirsch drove in a pair of runs for Northwest with a two-out single in the first. Nick Pfeiffer and Todd Schonhoff reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch then moved to second and third on a double-steal.
Ryan Bledsoe scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Jake Bradshaw singled up the middle and drove in Ben Malick in the fifth to give Northwest a 4-0 lead. West Florida battled back in the sixth and plated two runs, but Nickell shut the door on the Argonauts.
Just as in game one, Northwest started game two with a pair of runs in the first. The top three batters, Bledsoe, Pfieffer and Malick, all singled and Pfeiffer swiped another base in stealing second. Northwest added to its 2-0 lead with a four spot in the fourth, including a two-run shot by Westman to left center.
Adam Switzer started the first game of his Northwest career and went the first 3 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs, two earned, on seven hits. Freshman reliever Sean Brady saw his first action of the season and took advantage of the opportunity. He picked up the win after striking out three in 1 1/3 innings of work. Bret Harvel, typically a starter, worked out of the pen to record a six-out save and struck out four Argonauts.
In the three-game series the Bearcats were thief's on the bases. They were thrown out only once and finished 13-of-14 in the stolen base department.
During the six game win streak, Northwest has hit .326 at the plate and logged a 3.33 ERA.
UP NEXT: Northwest has a travel day before taking on Christian Brothers University on Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. One nine-inning game is scheduled.
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