March 16, 2009
Northwest Swept in Close Games by No. 16 Central Missouri
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State (8-10, 4-6 MIAA) recorded a series-high seven hits in game one and struck out 10 batters in game two in dropping both games of today's doubleheader to No. 16 Central Missouri (12-4, 7-3 MIAA) today at Bearcat Field. The Mules broke a 5-5 tie with a home run in the seventh inning for a 6-5 win in game one and took advantage of three Bearcat errors for a 10-7 win in the nightcap.
Central Missouri took an early 1-0 lead in its first plate appearances of the first inning before Jon Henne, Jr., provided a bases-loaded single to left field to drive in Bill Disselhoff and Tim Beck. After the Mules scored again in the second and third inning to take a 4-2 lead, the Bearcats answered with runs by Beck and Jared Erspamer to knot the score at 4-4.
Trevor Conner reached base in the sixth inning on an intentional walk from Nick Phillips and later scored after Beck singled up the middle to tie the score again at 5-5 heading into the final scheduled inning. Stewart Hoover homered on a full count in the top of the seventh for the game-winning run for the Mules after the Bearcats went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Trent Kohlstaedt took the loss in his seventh appearance of the last eight games.
In game two, the Bearcats placed their first three batters of the second inning on base with a pair of base hits and a hit batter. A single from Matt Stice and a double from Kreed Kurtz drove in three runners while Conner reached third and scored on two wild pitches from Kyle Smith to provide a 4-2 lead for Northwest.
Northwest answered with runs in the third and fifth innings to keep the scored tied. Central Missouri loaded the bases in the eighth inning with one out and ended up with two unearned runs off an error for a 9-7 lead. The Mules added a run in the top of the ninth for the 10-7 decision.
The Bearcat pitching staff combined for 10 strike outs, led by four from Ben Stedronsky. Stedronsky went 2.1 innings and allowed three runs and walked one batter in taking the loss in relief.
Up Next: Northwest plays at home for the third straight day, this time against Nebraska-Kearney. The single, nine-inning game, starts at 2 p.m.
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