April 25, 2009
Kirsch Adds Three Homers, Seven RBIs as Bearcats Sweep SBU
BOLIVAR, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State junior right fielder Brandon Kirsch homered three times and drove in seven runs during the Bearcats' doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist Saturday at Dodson Field. Scores went 12-8 in eight innings and 7-0.
Kirsch homered twice and had six RBIs in the finale of Friday's doubleheader. In four games against the purple Bearcats, Kirsch was 7-for-16 with five round trippers and two doubles. He drove in 14 runs and scored seven times. Kirsch leads Northwest with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs this season.
Northwest broke an 8-8 tie with four runs in the top of the eighth inning of game one, a scheduled seven-inning contest.
Nick Pfeiffer led off the inning with a base hit and scored on a Luke Lavicky single up the middle to put Northwest in the lead. After blasting a solo shot in the top of the seventh to give the Bearcats an 8-7 lead, Kirsch hit a three-run shot in the eighth to account for Northwest's final runs.
Jacob Kemper (3-2) worked around a double in the bottom of the eighth to pick up the win. Kemper, starter Bill Disselhoff and reliever Trent Kohlstedt each logged 2 2/3 innings in game one.
Senior hurler Bret Harvel tossed the Bearcats' first shutout of the season in the nightcap to earn his team-leading fourth win of the year. He faced two more than the minimum, allowed three hits and struck out four while walking none.
Another three-run homer from Kirsch came in a four-run, fifth inning for the Bearcats. Kreed Kurtz was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the fourth. Disselhoff and Chris Benham also drove in a run for Northwest.
Pfeiffer led Northwest with four hits Saturday and has hit safely in all five starts he's made since an injury sustained in mid-March. He went 7-for-15 and scored 10 runs in the four-game set with Southwest Baptist.
Northwest hit .355, scored 44 runs and committed just one error during the series. The Bearcats wrap up the 2009 season at home with a four games against Pittsburg State next weekend.
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