Feb. 16, 2009
Bearcats Sweep Arkansas Tech to Improve to 3-1
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Northwest Missouri State (3-1) needed extra innings in the first game and then scored the first five runs of the second game to claim a sweep of Arkansas Tech (4-7) today at Tech Field. The Bearcats improve to 3-1 for the third time under Head Coach Darin Loe as the Bearcat pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts in today's doubleheader.
Northwest struck first in game one when Kreed Kurtz homered to center field and drove in John Hermsen to provide a 2-0 Bearcat lead in the second inning. The Wonder Boys scored the next four runs between the second and fifth innings and scattered six hits in that span.
After two fly outs to start the sixth inning, Kurtz reached on a single and later advanced to second on a wild pitch while Tim Beck reached on a walk. A return to the top of the order brought a single from Matt Stice who drove in Kurtz and moved Beck to third. A passed ball allowed Beck to score before a strikeout ended the top of the sixth in a 4-4 tie.
The Bearcats scored three runs in the ninth inning for their first lead since the second inning. With one out and runners on the corners, Jared Erspamer grounded out to the pitcher to advance the runners and scored Jeremiah Biggar before Hermsen singled to score Brandon Kirsch. A wild pitch from Michael Alonso allowed Hermsen to score later in the inning to provide a 7-4 lead.
Four straight Arkansas Tech batters recorded a hit in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Wonder Boys answered with three runs to extend the game even further past the scheduled seven innings.
Back-to-back leadoff hits in the 10th inning for Northwest couldn't translate into runs, but back-to-back errors by Arkansas Tech at the start of the 11th inning lead to a pair of runs that held for the win.
Ben Stedronsky collected the win after striking out five of his six batters in the final two innings. Kurtz ended with 2 RBIs and hit three-of-five.
The Bearcats scored five unanswered runs through the first five innings of the second game on eight hits. Kirsch went two-of-four with a double and home run and Stice ended with a pair of stolen bases.
Bill Disselhoff pitched five innings and surpassed 100 career innings pitched in earning his first win of the season. He and Trent Kohlstaedt combined for seven strikeouts and limited the Wonder Boys to six hits.
Up Next: Northwest enjoys an off day Tuesday before playing a doubleheader at Henderson State Feb. 18. Games from Clyde Berry Field begin at noon.
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