April 21, 2009
Bearcats Claim Nonconference Win at Kearney
KEARNEY, Neb. - Jeremiah Biggar went two-of-four with two RBIs and Nick Pfeiffer went two-of-five with an RBI in his first start in more than a month as Northwest Missouri State (19-24) won 5-3 at Nebraska-Kearney (17-28) tonight at Memorial Field. Trent Kohlstaedt improved to 3-2 in his 24th appearance this season.
The Bearcats scored first in the second inning after Brandon Kirsch reached base after being hit by pitcher Will Jesse with two outs on the board. Kirsch stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Samm Spears, and scored after Biggar singled to right field.
Nebraska-Kearney posted two extra-base hits in the third inning from Luke Stamp and Nick Swearer, and both scored to provide a 2-1 lead for the Lopers.
The Lopers retired Luke Lavicky in the top of the sixth and would have retired Chris Benham swinging, but a wild pitch allowed Benham to reach first, and another throwing error from Spears allowed him to reach third. Bill Disselhoff drove Benham in with a single to right field and then picked up his second stolen base of the season to move into scoring position. Disselhoff scored on Biggar's second hit of the night as the Bearcats regained the lead at 3-2.
Bearcat runs in both the eighth and ninth inning from Tim Avants and Matt Stice, respectively, provided a four-run cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth. Swearer led off with a triple and the Lopers got runners on the corners with a walk to Andrew Haake. Swearer would eventually score and Nebraska-Kearney got another runner in scoring position with one out before Mike Nowak went down swinging and Leon de Winter reached on a fielder's choice in a force out at second base.
Pfeiffer recorded his first multi-hit game since suffering a hand injury against Nebraska-Kearney in Maryville March 17 while Biggar posted his third multi-RBI game of the season. Disselhoff went two-of-four for his 10th multi-hit game this season with two RBIs.
Trevor Theismann went four and two-thirds innings in his second collegiate start with two runs and six strikeouts. Jacob Kemper picked up his seventh save to move into a tie for fifth in program records.
Up Next: Northwest returns to MIAA play with a four-game series at Southwest Baptist April 24-25.
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