Feb. 18, 2009
Bearcats Split After Earning Extra-Inning Win
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -Trevor Connor provided the game-winning RBI single to drive in Tim Beck in the 10th inning of game one as Northwest Missouri State (4-2) split a doubleheader with Henderson State (10-3) today at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Bearcats hit five doubles off 19 hits in the two games today.
Henderson State recorded a pair of two-out hits and capitalized on an error by Chris Benham to score in the third inning and take a 1-0 lead. Benham would reach on an error in the fifth inning and later score on a single from Beck. A solo home run from Nick Pfeiffer to lead off the sixth inning provided the first Bearcat lead at 2-0 before Jeremy Sauceda led off the bottom of the sixth with his own home run to tie the score again at two.
The Bearcats couldn't score off a one-out double by Kreed Kurtz in the seventh inning and Trent Kohlsteadt was able to send all three Reddie batters down in order as Northwest went to extra innings for the second time in the last three games.
Matt Stice was the only player for either team to reach base in the eighth and ninth innings until Beck singled to start the 10th. Stice reached on an error before Conner singled to drive in Beck for a 3-2 lead. Jacob Kemper picked up his second save of the season with a strikeout and two fly outs to the outfield.
Kohlsteadt picked up his first win of the season after pitching three innings and facing nine batters.
Conner hit his first double of the season in the first inning and scored off a single from Brandon Kirsch as the Bearcats took an early 1-0 lead. But the Reddies answered with a three-run third-inning and added another four in the fifth to take a 8-3 lead. Northwest had two loaded bases opportunities at the top of the fourth with one out but left all three on base after a strikeout and fly out.
Henderson State added another run in the sixth in the 9-4 win. Christian Dekker was credited with the loss after allowing six hits and recording no strikeouts.
Benhm and Stice each improved their hitting streaks to six games as the two continue to hit greater than .300. Beck continues to lead the Bearcat with a .474 batting average even after his hitting streak ended at five.
Up Next: Northwest heads further south in Arkansas to Magnolia for a single, nine-inning game with Southern Arkansas Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. The Bearcats second game in Magnolia, Ark., against Southern Indiana Feb. 21, has been moved up an hour to noon.
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