April 7, 2009
Win Streak Improves to Four with Sweep of Truman
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State (15-19, 7-13 MIAA) combined for 24 hits, seven for extra-bases, to extend its win streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of Truman (8-28, 5-17 MIAA) today at Bearcat Field. The Bearcats scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games for the first time this season and extended their home winning streak against the Bulldogs to 14 games dating back to 2003.
Northwest scored early with four runs in the first inning of the day with the first six runners reaching base off three hits, two walks and an error. The Bearcats added three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to increase their run total to 12 in the seven-inning win.
Four Bearcats -- Tim Beck, Matt Stice, Jon Henne, Jr. and Jeremiah Biggar -- recorded multi-hit games and led Northwest to a .407 batting average in game one. Biggar hit his first collegiate triple on top of his first collegiate double for five total bases and a team-high three RBIs.
Bill Disselhoff (3-1) earned his second straight win in 5.1 innings with five strikeouts and eight hits. In the last two starts, he's lowered his earned run average by more than three runs and struck out nine batters.
The Bulldogs struck first in the game two with three runs in the second inning after a two-RBI double down the right field line by Keaton Jones. Truman added another run in the top of the fifth inning to negate a run from the Bearcats in the bottom of the fourth to maintain its three-run lead.
Northwest batted through the order in the sixth inning and scored eight runs off seven hits and two errors to take a 10-4 lead. Disselhoff recorded his only two hits and runs in the sixth inning as the leadoff batter of the inning. The Bulldogs answered with three hits in the top of the seventh inning but couldn't get a batter past second in their final three innings.
Trevor Theismann (2-0) remained undefeated after three innings of relief. He came in for Bret Harvel, who collected four strikeouts in three innings of relief for starter Sean Brady. Trent Kohlstaedt moved into a tie for sixth in season records with his 19th appearance in the ninth inning.
Trevor Conner went two-of-three in game two for his first start since dislocating a finger March 29. Chris Benham extended his hitting streak to eight games with a three-of-four performance. Benham also added a pair of runs and RBIs.
Stice added three stolen bases in the two games today to increase his season total to 19. He will head into this weekend's series four steals shy of eighth in season records. Stice also tallied a pair of hits in game two with a double in the sixth inning for his 10th multi-hit game this season.
Up Next: Northwest will put their win streak on the line against No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha in a four-game series April 10-11 at Bearcat Field. Both doubleheaders begin at 1 p.m.
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