March 11, 2008
Bearcats Split With Mavs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a double header versus Nebraska-Omaha; losing game one 10-2 and winning game two 2-0 at Rockhurst Field. Northwest struggled with the sticks in game one, but turned three double-plays in game two for a split.
Ryan Bledsoe started the scoring in game one leading off the first with a triple to right center field and scoring on a groundout by Ben Malick. Northwest relinquished the lead in the second when Nebraska-Omaha plated four runs on two hits.
The Bearcats had an opportunity to get back into the game in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out, but failed to plate a run.
Bryan Frew and Chris Weiner smacked back-to-back solo home runs to start the fifth and knocked out the starter Bill Disselhoff, who took the loss dropping to 1-1. Sean Brady logged the last three innings giving up four runs on five hits.
The Bearcats finished with five hits and struck out a season-high 13 times in the loss. Malick led Northwest finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Timely defense, with included three twin-killings, and clutch pitching got Northwest its first shutout victory, 2-0, in game two.
Just as in game one, Bledsoe led off the game with a hit, this time a single. He reached second on a throwing error by pitcher Matt DeGagne and Nick Pfeiffer drove Bledsoe home. A first and third, double-steal with two outs by Brandon Kirsch and Pfeiffer gave Northwest a 2-0 lead.
The scoreboard would see nothing but goose eggs from that point on.
Starter Danny Malone went the first 4 1/3 innings and was pulled with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. Southpaw reliever Ben Stedronsky replaced Malone and popped out the first batter. Stedronsky then scooped up a swinging bunt to the right side and beat Josh Shirk to the base to keep the Mavericks off the scoreboard.
Evan Nickell relieved Stedronsky in the sixth recording the four-out save, his fifth this season. Malone picked up the win, moving him to 2-0.
Chris Benham walked three times and stole two bases. He is a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases this season.
Northwest turned double-plays in the second, third and sixth. Offensively, Northwest had a season-low three hits, all in the first inning, but picked up the slack on the mound and in the field.
• Northwest needs just one more win to reach 1,000 school victories since 1956.
• The Bearcats snapped their seven game win streak with a loss in the first game, but snapped Nebraska-Omaha's four game win streak in game two.
• Britt Westman has started 174 straight games at first base. He needs just two more starts to move into fifth all-time for games played.
• Coach Loe is three wins shy of 400 career wins. He has recorded 241 wins at Northwest.
• Northwest has not hit a home run in the last three games. They hit 11 round trippers in the first eight games.
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