March 23, 2011
Northwest smokes Newman, 19-6
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State hit four home runs and pounded out 22 hits in a 19-6 win against Newman Wednesday at a blustery Bearcat Field where wind gusts reached more than 35 miles per hour. It's the most runs scored by a Bearcat team since 2007.
All nine Northwest starters hit safely and four Bearcats had three hits on the day. Evan Connell was 3-for-6 with four RBIs and was a double shy of the cycle. Alec Rosales was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Northwest (5-13) scored in each of its first five innings and led 19-3 heading into the top of the sixth.
Charlie Krueger hit what appeared to be a harmless fly ball to center field in the first inning, but the wind carried it over the wall for a two-run homer and a 2-0 lead. Another fly ball later in the inning was misjudged by Newman center fielder John Bonebrake which helped lead to three more Northwest runs.
Connell and Jeff Hastert hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning that extended the lead to 11-3. Hastert's was an inside-the-parker that got past Bonebrake, who dived for the ball but couldn't make the play.
The Bearcats had six hits during an eight-run fifth inning that was highlighted by Rosales' blast to right field. It was the first home run in a Northwest uniform for Rosales.
David Longmore was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for Newman (11-15), which beat Northwest 6-4 in Wichita, Kan., back on March 1. Newman scored its six runs on 11 hits.
Northwest starting pitcher Josh Parrish allowed three runs on six hits, but pitched just four innings and couldn't receive the win despite leaving with an 11-3 lead. Instead Christian Dekker (1-0) earned his first victory of the season after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Parrish.
The Bearcats return to MIAA play this weekend with home doubleheaders with Truman Saturday and Sunday. Game times are 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.
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