April 18, 2010
Home Runs Lead Bearcats to Split With PSU
Pittsburg, Kan.-The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a doubleheader with Pittsburg State Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats won the first game 5-1 and dropped game number two 2-1. Five home runs total were hit in the two games.
In game one, Nick Pfeiffer got the Bearcats going right away with a leadoff home run, his first long ball of the season. Northwest would later tack on two more runs and take a 3-1 lead after five innings. In the seventh inning, Matt Stice hit a two-run home run to give Northwest a 5-1 lead. It was Stice's team-leading fifth home run of the season.
Stice was 2-of-4 in the game with three RBIs and a run scored. Pfeiffer went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Brandon Kirsch made his first start in the field since coming back from a knee injury. Kirsch went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Jeremy Tate got the start on the mound for the Bearcats. Tate went four and one-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on six hits to get his fourth win of the year.
In the second game, a pair of Pittsburg State solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings proved to be the difference. Kirsch hit a solo home run in the seventh to give Northwest its lone run. It is Kirsch's fifth home run of the season. Pfeiffer went 2-of-4 with a double. Eric Mitchell got the start for the Bearcats on the hill. Mitchell pitched four innings and allowed six hits. Chase Anderson and Jayson Huett pitched four innings of scoreless relief in the loss, allowing just two hits.
Northwest falls to 16-27 overall and 14-16 in MIAA play. The Bearcats will play a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday against Nebraska-Kearney. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. from Bearcat Field.
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