March 13, 2011
Lions, Mother Nature halt Bearcats
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State manufactured a game-tying run in the top of the sixth inning only to see it washed away by rain as Missouri Southern was credited with a five-inning, 1-0 win Sunday in the finale of a four-game set at Joe Becker Stadium.
The Lions (8-5, 4-4 MIAA) won the series 3-1. All four games were decided by one run.
Northwest left fielder Jake Kretzer singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Ramage to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning. After the play, umpires pulled the teams into the dugouts and later called the game due to weather with Cameron Bedard on second base with two outs in the top of the sixth.
By rule, the score reverted back to the last completed inning - in this case the fifth - and Missouri Southern was declared victor. Ryan Wheat (2-0) earned the win after pitching five shutout innings and allowing two hits - singles by Geno DeAngelis in the second and fourth innings. Wheat struck out six and walked none.
DeAngelis and Kretzer (hit by pitch) were the lone Bearcats to officially reach base Sunday. Northwest hit .174 during the series with 24 strikeouts in 92 at bats. Fifteen of the Bearcats' 16 hits were singles.
Jayson Huett (0-4) pitched in three of the four games for Northwest and allowed one run in seven innings. Unfortunately, the run came on a Jesse Kinzey sacrifice fly in the third inning of Sunday's game. Huett allowed five hits and struck out two in five innings.
After opening the season with 13 consecutive road games, the Bearcats (1-12, 1-7) return to Maryville for nine consecutive home games. Northwest begins a four-game series with Fort Hays State at 2 p.m. Friday at Bearcat Field.
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