April 16, 2011
Bearcats rally in game one, roll in game two
MARYVILLE, Mo.-It was a great day at the ball park for the Northwest Missouri State baseball team as the Bearcats swept the first doubleheader of the four-game series with Pittsburg State on Saturday afternoon. Northwest rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-5 victory in game one and blasted the Gorillas in the second, 11-0 in seven innings.
In the first game, Northwest (14-20, 13-15) responded to a Pitt State (13-21, 9-21 MIAA) run in the second with a three-run inning of its own thanks to a Brett Paterson single and a two-run double by Alec Rosales.
A Chase Barnes double in the fifth inning put the Gorillas back up 4-3, but Northwest again had an answer with Rosales' third RBI of the game which knotted it up at 4-4. The back-and-forth battle continued when Brian Dean's double in the top of the seventh scored Matt Garcia to give Pitt State the lead again. Garcia had reached base earlier in the inning on an error.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning and with one out, the Bearcats strung together three consecutive hits, including back-to-back doubles by Cameron Bedard and pinch hitter Charlie Krueger. Landinn Eckhardt completed the dramatic rally with a single to left field that scored the speedy Jeff Hastert from second who was pinch-running for Krueger. Bedard went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the win, Paterson also scored two runs in the game.
Jayson Huett picked up the win as he came on in relief for Chase Anderson in the fifth inning. Huett allowed one unearned run off of two hits while recording five strikeouts. Anderson pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits.
Game two provided no-such drama as the Bearcats "run-ruled" Pitt State in seven innings of play. A five-run first and four-run third inning put the game out of reach early as Northwest collected 13 hits in the game. Nine Bearcats in all recorded an RBI in the win. Evan Connell went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI's. Bedard went a perfect 4-for-4 in game two with two runs and an RBI and was a homer shy of the cycle.
Josh Parrish recorded his first victory as a Bearcat in game two. Parrish pitched four and 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and gave up four hits. Aaron Amaral, Nick Caldrone and Matt Stropoli combined to pitch two and 2/3 innings of relief to preserve the shutout.
The Bearcats, winners in eight of their last nine games, will finish the series with Pitt State on Sunday in a doubleheader beginning at noon from Bearcat Field.
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