Feb. 28, 2010
Bearcats Drop a Pair on Day Two in Arkansas
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.-Northwest Missouri State dropped a pair of games Sunday afternoon in Russellville, Ark., to Arkansas Tech, losing 11-5 in game one and 8-4 in the second game.
In game one Northwest jumped on the board early, getting two runs, including a sacrifice fly from Landinn Echardt. Arkansas Tech got its bats rolling thanks to a three-run home run by Tyler Shaw with two outs in the fourth inning. The Wonder Boys followed that up with a four-run fifth inning.
The Bearcats collected five of their seven hits in game one in the seventh inning. Brandon Kirsch picked up a pinch-hit RBI single in the inning and Echardt got his second RBI of the game with a single scoring Trevor Conner. In all, Northwest scored three runs in the inning to cut the Arkansas Tech lead to 8-5. However, Arkansas Tech would add three more runs in the eighth inning to distance themselves for the victory.
Trent Kohlstaedt picked up the loss for Northwest, pitching four innings and giving up six runs. Nick Pfeiffer went 2-for-5 with two runs in the loss and Jon Henne Jr. went 2-for-4.
In game number two, Arkansas Tech jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and led 3-1 until the fifth inning when Henne Jr. delivered an RBI on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, scoring Matt Stice. Conner scored on a throwing error as Arkansas Tech was trying to turn a double-play. Northwest survived its own bases loaded jam, getting out of the bottom of the fifth with the bases full and no one out. Pitcher Kenny Brengle got two of the outs himself, picking up two strike-outs against Wonder Boy batters.
Arkansas Tech would break the game open in the bottom of the sixth-inning, scoring five runs total, with three of them coming off of a home run with two outs in the inning. A very close play at the plate kept the inning alive for Arkansas Tech the batter before, as Matt Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly.
Echardt would drive in Conner in the seventh to get the Bearcats' final run of the game. Northwest collected 10 hits in the game two loss. Brengle picked up the loss for Northwest, after pitching in relief for starter Christian Dekker who went two and one-third innings, giving up two runs on four hits.
Northwest (2-9) will be off until next weekend when they begin MIAA play against nationally-ranked Central Missouri. Northwest will face the Mules in a four-game set in Warrensburg, Mo.
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