March 12, 2011
Brengle's gem leads to Saturday split
JOPLIN, Mo.-A four-run first inning was enough for Northwest Missouri State pitcher Kenny Brengle as he struck out eight in a 4-3 win against Missouri Southern in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Joe Becker Stadium.
Missouri Southern center fielder CJ Matthews threw out Brett Paterson at the plate to preserve a 2-1 win by the Lions in the opener. Missouri Southern (7-5, 3-4 MIAA) has won two of the first three games of the series with the finale to come at noon Sunday.
Northwest (1-11, 1-6) got four of its seven hits during the twin bill in its first at bat of game two. Landinn Echardt and Cameron Bedard had RBI singles and a throwing error by Lion shortstop Tee Helsel led to three unearned runs. Missouri Southern starter Michael Mudd (1-2) didn't survive the inning as Northwest sent 10 to the plate.
Brengle (1-1) retired the side in order in the second and fifth innings and struck out the side in the third. He allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work and walked two.
Jayson Huett relieved Brengle with one out in the seventh and with the tying run on second. He got Cullen Baxter to pop out to second and then struck out Harrison Gerber, but the ball skidded past catcher Landinn Echardt to put runners on the corners. Huett then struck out Jesse Kinzey for the final out.
Northwest's two hits in the opener came in the first and final innings, but the Bearcats took a 1-0 lead in the second. With two outs, Evan Connell stole third, and then stole home on a throw back to the pitcher. Connell had three steals on the day.
Jim Gilkerson doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kinzey in the bottom of the third to knot the game at 1-1. A two-out error and an RBI single by Gilkerson in the fourth proved to be the winning run. Northwest starting pitcher Chris Green (0-1) was the hard-luck loser, but struck out five in 4 1/3 innings.
Northwest is batting .187 during the series and has just one extra-base hit - a homer by Connell in yesterday's 7-6 loss. Jake Kretzer has reached base seven times in 11 plate appearances. Alec Rosales leads the team with three hits.
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