May 2, 2009
Harvel Tosses Second Straight Shutout on Graduation
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Bret Harvel recorded his second straight shutout with five hits and seven strikeouts against Pittsburg State on the same day the rest of his academic classmates participated in commencement ceremonies as the Bearcats (24-25, 15-19 MIAA) split a doubleheader with the Gorillas (13-38, 10-26 MIAA) today. Pittsburg State took the opening game of the series 3-2 before Harvel recorded the 9-0 shutout.
Harvel was unable to participate in the commencement ceremonies this afternoon at Bearcat Arena dye to the schedule after he completed work on a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology this semester. Unless he makes an appearance tomorrow, Harvel will finish his career fourth in program records with a 3.77 earned run average, second with five shutouts, second with 163 strikeouts, eighth with 14 wins and third with 215 innings.
The Gorillas scored once in the first two innings of game one and Pittsburg State pitcher Chris Barnes held the Bearcats scoreless through the first four innings. Jared Erspamer led off the fifth inning with a double and was followed by a single from Brandon Kirsch to put runners at the corners. Kreed Kurtz notched his 23rd RBI of the season with a single up the middle and Matt Stice loaded the bases with a single to right-center field.
Nick Pfeiffer drew the first of his three walks of the afternoon to tie the game at 2-2 before the Gorillas retired the next two batters to leave three Bearcats on the bases. Pittsburg State added a run in the seventh inning and retired the three Bearcat batters in the bottom of the seventh for the win in the series opener.
In game two, Northwest scored in six of its eight innings to provide plenty of run support for Harvel as four Bearcats recorded multi-hit games. Chris Benham went three-of-three with three RBIs before leaving the game in the fourth inning due to injury when sliding into third. Luke Lavicky went two-of-three with three runs and Pfeiffer scored four runs on five plate appearances.
Harvel threw 123 pitches in his first career nine-inning appearance. He will likely finish the season with a 2.66 ERA, the best season for any Bearcat pitcher since 1990 and good for seventh in program records. He'll also likely finish third in season records with 81.1 innings.
Up Next: Northwest and Pittsburg State conclude their 2009 seasons tomorrow with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Bearcat Field.
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