April 26, 2008
Harvel Shines in Bearcat Split
MARYVILLE -- Brett Harvel tossed his third complete game shutout in game one of a double header split with Pittsburg State. The Northwest Missouri State baseball team won the opener 9-0, but dropped the nightcap 10-9 in extra innings.
Northwest moves to 24-21 (13-15 MIAA) and Pittsburg State to 18-25 (13-17 MIAA).
Harvel scattered four hits and retired eight straight from the third to the fifth en route to his team leading fifth victory. The Lee's Summit native stranded six Gorillas on the base paths and struck out eight in his tenth start.
Ryan Bledsoe slapped a single to the left side in the third to start the scoring, plating Chris Benham. One inning later, the Bearcats scored four more to give Harvel a larger margin on the hill. John Henne Jr. plated Brandon Kirsch on a double and Bledsoe drove in Jake Bradshaw to complete the frame.
Britt Westman smacked his 33rd career home run in the fifth when the Bearcats added another four runs and sent nine batters to the plate.
Bledsoe, Westman, Henne and Benham all finished with a pair of hits. Bradshaw was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI's.
Both teams dented the scoreboard often in game two. The Gorillas and Bearcats traded runs in the first and Pittsburg took its second lead, 3-1, with a pair of runs in the fourth.
Northwest tied the game at three in the fifth with a Bradshaw single and wild pitch.
A five spot in the sixth gave the Gorillas their biggest lead, but the Bearcats would battle back. Northwest got a two-run bomb to left field from Henne Jr. to cut into the five-run deficit and added another in the seventh.
Heading into the ninth, Northwest trailed 9-6. Nick Pfeiffer, who finished with four-hits, smacked a one-out single to center to start a rally. Ben Malick and Westman took advantage of Nate Templeton struggling to find the strike zone and were awarded back-to-back walks to load the bases.
Kirsch cued a ball to the right side and drove in a run on the ground out. Henne would step to the plate with two-outs and runners at second and third, down 9-7. His chopper got through the left side and forced bonus baseball.
The Gorillas plated one in the tenth with a two-out single and Jason Porta would strand a leadoff single by Benham in the bottom half to pick up the save.
Evan Nickell was handed the loss, moving him to 3-7. Northwest sent five pitchers to the mound, while starter Joel Epley logged 5 2/3 innings.
Its the seventh extra inning game Northwest has played in this season.
Bledsoe extended his hitting streak to 16-games, the second time this season he has recorded a hitting streak of 15 plus games.
UP NEXT: Northwest will finish its four-game set with Pittsburg State tomorrow, April 27, with a double header at noon. The first game will be seven-innings and the nightcap will be nine-innings.
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