April 1, 2008
Seven Run Inning Gains Split for Bearcats
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball used a seven-run second inning to gain a split with rival Missouri Western. The Bearcats dropped game one 5-3, but rebounded with a 10-3 win in game two.
The split moves Northwest to 16-11 (6-6 MIAA) and Missouri Western to 10-15 (7-7 MIAA).
The Bearcats struggled to figure out Griffons starter Chris Jackson, who logged a complete game six-hitter in 78 pitches.
Britt Westman tagged Jackson with a solo home run in the second to give Northwest an early 1-0 lead, but the Griffons would take advantage of a Bearcat miscue in the fourth plating three runs, all unearned.
Chris Benham's RBI-single in the fifth chipped into the Griffons lead. Bearcats starter Adam Switzer would run into trouble in the sixth when Western laid down back-to-back, bunt base-hits. Adam Carolan added some insurance driving in both runners with a double down the left field line.
Brandon Kirsch led off the seventh with a solo shot to left field, making it a 5-3 deficit, but the next three batters would be retired.
Switzer was handed the loss, dropping him to 1-2 on the season. Westman, Kirsch and Bill Disselhoff each scored a run for Northwest.
Disselhoff started the second inning, which saw 10 Bearcats come to the plate, with a single up the middle. That singled would be followed by four more before Kirsch smacked a three-run round tripper to cap the seven-run second for the Bearcats.
Starer Danny Malone logged 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, but struggled with his control walking five Griffons and threw 94 pitches. Zach Weston relieved Malone and Bret Harvel closed the game out, allowing just two hits the rest of the way.
Eight of the nine starters recorded a hit for the Bearcats.
The Bearcats also flashed some leather in game two. Ben Malick made a diving play to his left in the third and Kirsch leaped in short right center robbing Andrew Elmendorf of a sure base hit in the ninth.
Ryan Bledose extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 1-for-3 performance in both contest. THe last Bearcat to have at least a 15-game hitting streak was Matt Coons when he hit safely in 16 straight games in 2005.
Northwest will be in action this weekend when they host Missouri Southern in a four-game set. Game one begins at 3 p.m. on April 4 and is 9-innings.
For more information, please contact:
Phillip Dowden, Media Relations/Sports Information
email@example.com | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468