March 7, 2011
Northwest loses two to top-ranked Central Missouri
WARRENSBURG, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State was swept in its second doubleheader in as many days as the Bearcats were defeated Monday afternoon by No. 1 Central Missouri 6-1 and 5-1.
For the second day in a row Northwest (0-8) took an early lead in game one. Eric McGlauflin drove in Geno DeAngelis in the third inning to give the Bearcats an early 1-0 lead. However, the top-ranked Mules would respond with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning and then scored four more over the next two on their way to the victory.
Kenny Brengle got the start on the hill for the Bearcats. Brengle pitched three and one-third of an inning, allowing four runs off of three hits, while walking five and striking-out five. McGlauflin went 2-for-4 at the dish in the loss, while Cameron Bedard was 2-for-3.
In game two, Central Missouri (9-1) led the whole game, jumping-out to a two-run lead in the second inning and adding another two runs in the fourth. The Bearcats would cut the lead to 4-1 in the eighth inning after Landinn Eckhardt scored on a DeAngelis fielder's choice, but that was as close as Northwest would get in game two as the Mules added one more run in the bottom of the eighth, and shut the door on the Bearcats in the ninth.
Matt Stropoli got the start in game two for the Bearcats. Stropoli pitched two innings and gave up two runs. Anthony Moctezuma pitched six innings of relief for Northwest and allowed two earned runs on seven hits.
Bedard went 2-for-4 in the contest and DeAngelis, Eckhardt, McGlauflin, Brett Paterson, Jake Kretzer and Alec Rosales all recorded hits for the Bearcats.
Northwest will play its final series on the road this weekend in Joplin, Mo., before coming home for the first time this season. The Bearcats will face Missouri Southern in a four-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m.
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