Feb. 14, 2010
Bearcats Drop Two on Opening Day
MONTEVALLO, Ala.-The Northwest Missouri State baseball team dropped its opening two games of the 2010 season Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader to the University of Montevallo, 15-5 and 7-2. Matt Stice led the Bearcats with a pair of 1-for-3 games including a solo homerun in the second game of the day. Stice also scored two runs for Northwest.
Montevallo out-hit the Bearcats 20-10 in the two games and broke game number one open with an 11-run fourth inning. Duston Daugherty and Heath McGuirk each had a pair of runs and drove in four in game one for the Falcons.
Trevor Conner put the Bearcats in front early in game number two with a first inning RBI double, scoring Cameron Bedard. Montevallo would tie the game in the second, and added three more runs in the third to give them a 4-1 lead. Stice's homer pulled the Bearcats to within two runs at 4-2 in the fifth inning before Montevallo lengthened its lead by adding two more runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth.
Landinn Echardt went 2-of-5 on the day, including a double and drove in two of the three Bearcat RBIs in the opener. Brandon Kirsch went 2-of-7 with an RBI and a run scored.
Trent Kohlstaedt got the opening start for Northwest, pitching 3 and one-third innings and striking out four batters, while giving up eight runs. Jeremy Tate pitched six and two-thirds innings of work in his Bearcat debut on the mound. Tate gave up seven runs and struck out three batters while taking the loss. Kenny Brengle came in on relief of Tate and pitched one and one-third innings of shutout baseball.
Northwest (0-2) will travel to Pensacola, Fla., next to face the University of West Florida for three games. The Bearcats will play Tuesday through Thursday before traveling to Arkadelphia, Ark., to face Missouri S&T and Henderson State.
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