March 2, 2009
Northwest Swept by No. 23 Hornets
EMPORIA, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State held 23rd-ranked Emporia State to three runs in game one and forced extra innings in game two as the Bearcats dropped both games today 3-0 and 10-9 at the Trusler Sports Complex. The Hornets (10-2, 2-0 MIAA) increased their winning streak to nine games.
Emporia State scored once in the second, fifth and sixth innings of game one. The Bearcats (4-6, 0-2 MIAA) turned a season-high three double plays but committed a season-high three errors for a seven-inning game.
Bret Harvel faced all but one batter in 5.2 innings of work with six hits, three runs and one strikeout. All three of his starts have come against teams mentioned in the Collegiate Baseball national polls.
Northwest recorded back-to-back doubles in the first inning from Chris Benham and Jon Henne, Jr., to take an early 2-0 lead. A leadoff double from Jared Erspamer in the second inning started off a three-running inning as the Bearcats took a 5-1 advantage.
Emporia State negated those runs with three of their own in the bottom of the second and added another four in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-6 lead.
Ryan Anthony's first two pitches of the seventh inning translated into singles for both Matt Stice and Trevor Conner. A wild pitch later scored Conner and advanced Stice to third with one out remaining before Benham moved Stice home on a groundout to Anthony and tie the game at 8-8.
Northwest allowed only one Hornet on base through the next three innings but couldn't score the go-ahead run until the 10th inning when Bret Harper ground out to shortstop Andy Cotton to score Benham. Emporia State answered with runs in the 10th and 11th for its first extra-inning win of the season.
Jacob Kemper came in for the save opportunity in the bottom of the 10th and took the loss. Bill Disselhoff went three-of-four with his first home run of the season.
Up Next: Northwest opens the 2009 season Wednesday against Graceland. First pitch from Bearcat Field is 1 p.m.
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