March 28, 2011
Northwest, Truman split on day two
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State was three outs away from salvaging a series split with Truman, but surrendered four runs in the final inning and lost 4-3 in game two of a doubleheader Monday at Bearcat Field.
Evan Connell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 1-0 Northwest win in game one. Four Truman starting pitchers combined to allow four runs in a series in which the Bulldogs won three out of four.
Bearcat pitcher Jayson Huett got two outs in the top of the seventh inning of game one to earn his first win of the season. He then started game two and struck out 13 Truman hitters through eight scoreless innings. But the Bulldogs (7-13, 6-10 MIAA) got five hits off Huett in the ninth and scored their first runs of the day.
Truman center fielder Kenny Swanson made it 3-2 with a two-run double down the left field line. Bryce Bond followed with an RBI ground out to shortstop that tied the game and Jordan Howe scored Swanson from second with a base hit up the middle.
Northwest (6-16, 5-11) scored three runs off Kyle Veazey with three hits in the first inning of game two, but managed three base runners off Veazey the rest of the way. Connell singled but was stranded in the second. Jake Kretzer was hit by a pitch, but thrown out trying to steal in the fifth. Nathanial Horton singled with one out in the ninth, but pinch runner Matt Nanninga was thrown out trying to steal as well. Northwest was 1-for-6 in attempted steals in its four games against Truman.
Veasey (2-2) struck out eight and needed just 94 pitches to get past Northwest. Truman pitchers combined for 37 strikeouts in the series against six walks. Northwest batted .163 in the four games.
Northwest's run in the final inning of game one ended a string of 25 consecutive scoreless innings. Geno DeAngelis had a one-out single off Tyler Stefan to begin the sequence. Stefan then walked Landinn Echardt and pinch hitter Andrew Ramage to load the bases with two outs. He plunked Connell on the elbow on the first pitch of the at bat.
Bearcat starter Kenny Brengle allowed two hits and four base runners before giving way to Huett in the seventh. Brengle has allowed two earned runs in his last three starts - all Northwest wins.
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