March 14, 2008
Bearcats Win Extra Inning Affair; Drop Nightcap
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball took down No. 23 Central Missouri 6-5, in 12 innings, in game one, but dropped the nightcap 5-3. In game one, Brett Harper's base loaded single drove in the winning run and Evan Nickell had a career long 6 2/3 inning relief outing to pick up his first win.
Northwest moves to 9-4 (1-1 MIAA) and breaks Central's 7-game winning streak. Central posts a 13-5 (3-1 MIAA) record after the split.
The Bearcats took an early 5-0 lead after two innings. Ryan Bledsoe smacked a solo home run to started the scoring and Britt Westman capped the early runs with an RBI-single.
Brett Harvel logged the first 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs, two earned, before coach Darin Loe went to the bullpen. Harvel ended his outing with seven strikeouts. Ben Stedronsky faced just one batter before Evan Nickell began his work on the mound.
Both teams traded goose eggs on the scoreboard from the seventh till the eleventh, but had chances to go ahead. In the 10th, Central had runners on second and third with one out before Nickell struck out Luis Perez and got Brian Mcbryde to fly out. In the same frame Northwest had the bases loaded and one out, but failed to get the winning run across.
In the 12th, pinch hitter Brett Harper came to the plate with bases loaded and one out. In just his second collegiate at-bat, third game played, Harper came through in the clutch with the game winning hit.
Central started game two with an early 3-0 lead, picking up one run in the first, second and fourth inning. The Bearcats tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Nick Pfeiffer and Ben Malick started with back-to-back walks. Britt Westman followed with a single and loaded the bases. A hit-by-pitch, fielders choice and squeeze bunt tied the game at three.
The scored would remain tied until the seventh when Central plated two on a single and sacrifice fly.
The loss was handed to Adam Switzer (0-1) and win went to Central starter Mark Carey (3-0). Pfeiffer, Malick and Westman all finished 1-for-2 with a run scored. The Bearcats mustered just four hits.
Northwest will finish up its four-game series with Central Missouri March 15 starting at noon. A seven inning game is scheduled first and nine inning contest to follow.
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