April 24, 2009
Bearcats Score 25 Runs to Take First Two From SBU
BOLIVAR, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State pounded out 27 hits and scored 25 runs in winning the first two games of a four-game set with Southwest Baptist Friday at Dodson Field. Scores went 12-3 and 13-10.
Senior third baseman Bill Disselhoff and junior right fielder Brandon Kirsch combined for nine hits and 12 RBIs, though much of their damage came in game two.
Disselhoff was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in the nightcap - his first four-hit effort of the season. Kirsch hit a solo home run in the third inning and added a grand slam in the fourth as part of a six-run inning for the Bearcats. He later added an RBI double and finished 3-for-5 with six RBIs.
Northwest led 11-1 through four innings, but Southwest Baptist narrowed the gap with four runs in the fifth and four more in the eighth. Closer Jacob Kemper allowed two runs on five hits, but got the game's final five outs to earn his eighth save of the season. Sean Brady benefitted from the Northwest run support to earn his first win of the season.
The Bearcats ripped six hits and capitalized on two Baptist miscues during a seven-run, fourth inning in game one. Disselhoff's double scored two runs in the inning. Northwest led 12-2 after four.
Eight of the nine Northwest starters had at least one hit through four innings. Shortstop Matt Stice joined the hit parade with a double in the seventh.
The support was more than enough for Jeff Gradel Jr. (2-3), who allowed eight hits and struck out nine in his complete-game effort. It's the second time a Bearcat starter has gone the distance this season.
The series concludes Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. (one hour earlier than originally scheduled). Like Friday, the format will be one seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning contest.
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