April 11, 2009
Harvel Holds Nebraska-Omaha to Single Run in Game One Win
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State senior pitcher Bret Harvel came within an out of his first complete game of the season and held the MIAA's top hitting team to two hits and one run to lead the Bearcats (16-22, 8-16 MIAA) to a 5-1 game one win against No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha (32-11, 22-6 MIAA). The Mavericks answered back with multiple runs in the first four innings of game two and held on for the 13-7 win in game two.
Harvel allowed only six base runners and faced the minimum in five of the seven innings for his third win of the season and 12th of his career. He moved alone into eighth in all-time career program win records and lowered his career earned run average to 4.15 to move into seventh all-time.
Northwest batted through the order in the third inning to score three of its five runs. Bill Disselhoff recorded both of his RBIs in game one with a single up the middle to score Trevor Conner and Tim Beck. Disselhoff later scored in the sixth inning off a fielding error to provide a 5-1 Bearcat lead that held through the seventh inning for the third win this season against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Disselhoff went two-of-three in game one for his seventh multi-hit game of the season. Conner went two-of-four with a stolen base, his first since March 7. Chris Benham extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games with a hit in the fourth inning in his only at-bat of the game.
The Mavericks struck early and often in game two and took a 12-0 lead after the first four innings. Northwest avoided the run rule and flirted with a comeback after cutting the lead in half with six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The first five Bearcats of the sixth inning reached based on four hits and a walk and all later scored. Jon Henne, Jr., reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman after two quick outs and later scored on a right field single from Matt Stice. Northwest added a run in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to five runs, but couldn't eliminate the difference in the 13-7 loss.
Beck went a season-best four-of-five in the leadoff role with an RBI and run. John Hermsen went one-of-three with his first collegiate triple in the eighth inning before scoring for his first run since March 7 against Fort Hays State.
Up Next: Northwest hits the road for its next 11 games, starting with a doubleheader at Truman April 14. First pitch from the Truman Baseball Park is set for 1 p.m.
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