May 1, 2010
Bearcats Sweep on Senior Day
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Senior Day was a great day for the Bearcats, as the Northwest Missouri State baseball team swept an opening day doubleheader of a crucial four-game series with Washburn on Saturday. The Bearcats won the first game 4-2 and took the second 10-7, moving them one step closer to an MIAA Tournament bid.
In game one, Northwest got a three-run fourth inning to give the Bearcats a 3-0 lead thanks in large part to a Trevor Conner two-run double. After Washburn cut the Northwest lead to 3-2 in the sixth inning, Conner added a sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the inning to lengthen the Bearcat lead to 4-2. Nick Pfeiffer was 2-for-3 in the game and Jon Henne Jr. went 1-of-2 with a run scored.
Chris Green picked up the win to move to 8-4 on the season. Green pitched five innings, allowing two runs off of four hits. Jayson Huett came on to get the save as he pitched two innings of scoreless baseball and struck-out three batters.
In game two Northwest scored a run in each of the first three innings to jump out to an early lead. Washburn's Andy Petz would then hit a three-run home run to tie the game at three in the fourth inning. After another Washburn run in the fifth, the Bearcats got a three-run bottom of the inning to push the lead back to 6-4. Washburn would cut the lead to one again in the sixth, although it could have been worse as Northwest got out of bases loaded, no-outs jam to allow just the lone run.
Landinn Echardt would give the Bearcats some breathing room as he crushed a three-run home run to left field to give Northwest a 10-5 lead. Echardt went 3-for-4 in the game with four RBIs. Washburn would score two more runs in the ninth inning before Huett would slam the door shut for the Bearcat victory.
Henne went 3-for-5 in the win with a run scored and drove in three as eight of the nine Bearcat starters collected a hit. Chase Anderson got the start, pitching four and two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs on six hits. Nathanial Horton pitched just a third of an inning but got the win for Northwest.
Saturday was also Senior Day for the Bearcats as nine student-athletes are playing in their final series at Bearcat Field this weekend. They are, Henne Jr., Brandon Kirsch, Trent Kohlstaedt, Kreed Kurtz, Luke Lavicky, Pfeiffer, Ben Stedronsky, Matt Stice and Trevor Theismann.
Win and you're in…
Northwest improves to 19-31 overall and 17-19 in the MIAA and moves into a tie for fifth place in the conference with Washburn. If the Bearcats win just one game of the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon they will clinch a spot in the MIAA Tournament next weekend. If Northwest loses both of its games tomorrow, than the Bearcats would need Missouri Southern to get swept by Southwest Baptist in order to make the tournament.
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