April 29, 2009
Kirsch Named MIAA Player of the Week
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State junior right fielder Brandon Kirsch has been named the MIAA Baseball Hitter of the Week for the period ending April 26. Kirsch hit .389 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in leading the Bearcats to a 5-0 record which included a four-game sweep at Southwest Baptist.
Kirsch had seven hits in the five games, all for extra bases, and hit home runs in back-to-back innings both Friday and Saturday against Southwest Baptist. Of his five round trippers, two were solo shots, two were three-run bombs and one was a grand slam, his second of the season and third on the year for the Bearcats.
Kirsch was 0-for-2, but walked and scored a run in a 5-3 win at Nebraska-Kearney Tuesday. He went on to hit safely in all four games against Southwest Baptist and had a 3-for-5 effort with a season-high six RBIs in a 13-10 win in Friday's nightcap.
He gave Northwest an 8-7 lead with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning of game one Saturday. When Southwest Baptist tied it in the bottom half to force extra innings, he smacked a three-run homer in the eighth to put Northwest up for good. His final hit was another three-run blast in a 7-0 win in game two.
Kirsch scored in all five games during the week and upped his RBI total to a team-high 32. His 11 home runs this season are more than a third of Northwest's team total.
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