March 18, 2011
Bearcats split day one of home opener
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State's home opener on Friday afternoon had mixed results against Fort Hays State. The Bearcats got a strong pitching performance from Chris Green in game one and won 3-1, but fell in the second game 8-4.
Green pitched six solid innings in the first game, allowing just one run on four hits while striking-out four batters and walking two. It's Green's first victory of the season as he drops his ERA on the year to an impressive 1.96.
After Fort Hays State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Andrew Ramage tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom portion of the inning. The Bearcats would follow that up with one run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Northwest (2-13, 2-8 MIAA) took over the lead in the game when Alec Rosales scored with two outs in the fourth inning on a wild pitch. Evan Connell scored in the fifth off of a Rosales sacrifice bunt.
Jayson Huett came on in the seventh for the Bearcats and picked up his first save of the season. Huett allowed one hit in the inning. Connell and Geno DeAngelis each had a two-hit game in game one for the Bearcats.
In game two Fort Hays State (9-7, 6-4 MIAA) jumped out to another one-run lead in the first inning before a three-run Northwest third gave the Bearcats a 3-1 lead. Rosales and Brett Paterson each had an RBI in the inning.
In the fifth inning, the Bearcats' gloves betrayed them as Northwest committed three errors in the top-half of the inning, allowing five unearned Tiger runs and found themselves trailing 6-3. Cameron Bedard brought Northwest back to within two at 6-4 in the seventh inning, but Fort Hays responded with two more runs in the eighth inning and then closed the door on the Bearcats the final two innings.
Nick Caldrone got his first start of the season for the Bearcats. Caldrone pitched four and one-third of an inning and allowed just two hits while walking five. Caldrone allowed five runs in the start but just one was earned.
Northwest finishes its four-game series with Fort Hays on Saturday. The doubleheader will again start at noon from Bearcat Field.
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