March 17, 2009
Kurtz Hits Walk-Off Single for 8-7 Bearcat Win
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Kreed Kurtz used his fourth pitch from Brian Behnke in the bottom of the 10th inning to hit a single into the gap of left-center field and drive in Tim Avants from third as Northwest Missouri State (9-10) won its third extra-inning game of the season by an 8-7 margin against Nebraska-Kearney (7-15). The Bearcats scored the final four runs of the game after allowing four Loper home runs.
Jared Erspamer led off the second inning with his first collegiate home run to bring Northwest within one run at 2-1. He followed with a single in the fourth inning and later scored during a three-run inning for the Bearcats, who took a 4-3 lead.
Erspamer recorded his third hit of the day on a standup double down the right field line in the eighth inning and increased his team-leading double count to six on the season. He scored his third run of the day after Jon Henne, Jr., singled into left field two pitches later to bring Northwest within one run again at 7-6.
Kurtz reached on the fielder's choice after the Lopers took out Henne, Jr., at third and advanced to third on a right field single from Matt Stice. Kurtz scored the game-tying run after the Lopers threw to second in an attempt to catch Stice stealing.
Henne, Jr., led off the Northwest in the 10th inning and singled up the middle on a full count. He was relieved by pinch runner Tim Avants, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brandon Kirsch. Avants stole third and used a single from Kurtz to score the game-winning run in the 10th inning.
Jacob Kemper picked up his first win of the season and struck out two batters in two innings. Brady struck out four batters in his four-inning start.
Up Next: Northwest goes back to the MIAA schedule for a weekend series with Washburn March 21-22. Both doubleheaders begin at 1 p.m. from Falley Field.
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