April 15, 2009
Kirsch Hits Two Home Runs in Split with Truman
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Trevor Theismann improved to 3-0 in his first career start at Northwest in game one and Brandon Kirsch hit a pair of home runs in game two as the Bearcats (17-23, 9-17 MIAA) split with Truman (9-33, 6-22) today at the Truman Baseball Field.
Jacob Kemper collected his sixth save of the season with just six pitches in the seventh inning. Theismann went the first six innings and allowed six hits and two runs in his longest outing this season.
The Bearcats never trailed in game one and took a 1-0 lead off a double from Chris Benham to score Trevor Conner. Benham went three-of-three in game with a pair of doubles, including another RBI double in the third inning to score Matt Stice.
Jon Henne, Jr., led off the fourth inning with his first home run of the season and was followed by a Brandon Kirsch triple. Kirsch would later score on a sacrifice fly to center field by Stice to provide a 4-1 lead for Northwest after four innings.
Conner would cross home plate again in the fifth inning on a double play by Truman as Northwest took a 5-2 lead. Only one Bulldog would reach base the rest of the game as the Bearcats claimed the victory.
Truman scored first in game two but Northwest answered with a solo home run from Kirsch in the second inning. The Bulldogs scored the next four runs between the second and third innings before Kirsch provided a two-run shot over the right field fence in the sixth inning. The Bearcats struggled in the seventh inning as Truman batted through the order and scored five runs for a 10-3 advantage with two innings remaining.
The Bulldogs threatened again in the eighth innings with runners and second and third with no outs, but two groundouts and a strikeout from Danny Malone stranded two Truman runners in the eighth. Stice scored on a two-out single from Luke Lavicky, but the Bearcats couldn't make up the difference in a 10-4 loss in the nightcap.
Kirsch increased his career home run total to 24 and moves with two of fourth in career records. He drove in all three Bearcat runs. Lavicky recorded his first multi-hit game this season after he went three-of-four in the second spot on the lineup.
Up Next: Northwest heads to Joplin, Mo., for a four-game series with Missouri Southern this weekend. The series starts with a nine-inning contest April 17 at 6 p.m. from Joe Becker Stadium.
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