May 2, 2010
Bearcats Win in Extra Innings, Head to MIAA Tournament
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Kreed Kurtz drove in Jon Henne Jr. to deliver the game-winning run with the bases loaded as Northwest Missouri State defeated Washburn 3-2 in extra innings to clinch a berth in the MIAA Tournament in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
The Bearcats needed to win one-of-two games today at Bearcat Field in order to advance to the conference tournament. The win will give Northwest the sixth-seed and will face Central Missouri on Thursday at 11 a.m.
A Brian Clark solo homerun in the top of the third gave Washburn a brief lead in the ballgame before Matt Stice hit a two-run single in the bottom half of the inning to give the Bearcats a 2-1 lead. Jayson Huett was brought in to close the door for the Bearcats again in the series and had what looked to be a game-ending double play in the top of the seventh, but Clark was ruled safe on the play. Huett than struck-out Washburn's Thomas Holiday but had the pitch bounce off the top of the plate and sail to the back stop allowing Holiday to reach first and allowed Wes Joy to tie the game.
After a quick one-two-three inning in the eighth for Huett, it was the Bearcats turn to win the game. Jon Henne Jr. led the inning off with a double while Trevor Conner was walked and Cameron Bedard reached on a bunt to load-up the bases for Kurtz's heroics.
Stice went 2-for-4 in the game with the two RBIs. Henne was 1-for-3 and Bedard went 1-of-2 with two walks. Kurtz was brought in to pinch-hit in the sixth inning. Jeremy Tate got the start on the mound for the Bearcats. Tate went four and two-thirds of an inning, allowing just one run on three hits. Huett picked up his first win of the series to go along with his two saves on the first day. Huett pitched three and a-third giving-up four hits and striking out three.
In game two, the Bearcats were defeated 5-0 as Washburn's Dustin Holthaus pitched a gem for the Ichabods holding Northwest to one hit while striking out five. Northwest used five pitchers in the game as Kenny Brengle was saddled with the loss. Brengle pitched three and two-thirds allowing three runs on four hits and fanned five batters. Henne Jr. got the lone hit in the loss for the Bearcats.
Northwest (20-32, 18-20) will travel to Kansas City's Community America Ballpark on Thursday to face the nation's number one team in Central Missouri. The Mules swept a four-game series with the Bearcats back in March this season.
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