Feb. 13, 2009
Northwest Faces First-Time Opponent to Start 2009
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State head baseball coach Darin Loe starts his 10th season with the Bearcats Sunday in a doubleheader with Indianapolis beginning at 12 p.m. The Greyhounds and Bearcats are meeting for the first time on the diamond at Tech Field in Russellville, Ark.
The Bearcats were picked fifth in the MIAA Preseason Coaches' Poll, while Indianapolis came in at fourth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division preseason poll. The Greyhounds finished 2008 at 37-21 and advanced to the GLVC tournament, while Northwest finished 29-22 and fifth in the MIAA, one spot away from qualifying for the MIAA tournament.
Northwest returns eight pitchers (four starters, four relievers) that helped lead the MIAA with 10 strikeouts in 2008.
Bret Harvel is expected the make the first start of 2009. Harvel led Northwest in shutouts (3) and strikeouts (64) on his way to second-team All-MIAA honors last season. He starts his senior season seventh in career innings pitched (133.2), eighth in career strikeouts (109) and tied for fifth in career shutouts (3).
Transfer shortstop Matt Stice is projected to be the first Northwest batter of the season. He hit .395 at Ellsworth Community College last season and earned second-team All-Region XI honors for the Panthers. Luke Lavicky, who also played at Ellsworth last season, is projected to bat seventh and occupy the left field.
Junior transfer Christian Dekker will likely gain his first start in the second game of the doubleheader. Dekker pitched 51.1 innings and had a 2.81 earned run average at Buena Vista University last season. He was ranked 17th in NCAA Division III with 10.88 strikeouts per a nine-inning game and earned second-team All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors.
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