April 15, 2008
Bearcats Out Hit Lopers But Lose
MARYVILLE -- The Northwest Missouri State baseball team dropped a slugfest to Nebraska-Kearney 13-10 in non-conference play. The Bearcats out hit the Lopers, but six defensive miscues gave Nebraska-Kearney four unearned runs.
The loss moves Northwest to 22-16 (12-10 MIAA) and Nebraska-Kearney to 21-20.
The Bearcats led 2-0 after three innings thanks to a Kreed Kurtz solo home run and a Ryan Bledsoe RBI-double. The Lopers tied the game at two with a pair of runs in the third and gained a 10-2 lead with eight runs in the next two innings.
The Lopers sent nine batters to the plate in their five run fifth and seven batters in their three run sixth.
Despite the large margin, the Bearcats did not lay down. Bledsoe started a four-run sixth inning with a solo shot to left field and three more hits would score three more runs. Chris Benham's two-out, two-run RBI-single completed the scoring, which sent all nine Bearcat batters to the plate.
Trailing 10-6, Northwest would add two more in the seventh. Kurtz took advantage of a Loper defensive miscue smacking a two-run double to right center with two away.
Nebraska-Kearney added three, much needed, insurance runs in the eighth and extended their lead to 13-8. Northwest sent one runner across the plate in the eighth and ninth, but could not overcome the five-run deficit.
The Bearcats will continue Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) play Friday, April 18, against No. 4 Emporia State at 7 p.m.
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