May 7, 2011
Northwest comes up short on Senior Day
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State fell short against sixth-ranked Emporia State in both games of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Northwest failed to hold a three-run lead in game one and were defeated 10-7. In game two, the Bearcats' seventh-inning rally fell just short in a 6-5 loss.
In the first game of the day, the two teams combined for 24 hits and five errors in a high-scoring affair. After Emporia took an early 1-0 lead in the second, Northwest responded with a four-run inning of its own to jump in front 4-1. Landinn Eckhardt drove in two with a double to left center to get the Bearcats (20-29, 19-24 MIAA) on the board. Alex Singleton and Alec Rosales also had RBI's in the second.
After Emporia whittled the Northwest lead down to 4-3, the Bearcats tacked on another run in the fourth inning to make it 5-3. But that's when the Hornet bats came alive as Emporia manufactured a four-run fifth inning and three-run sixth to take a 10-6 lead. Jake Kretzer went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI's in the game one loss, while Geno DeAngelis scored twice in the game.
Kenny Brengle picked up the loss for the Bearcats. Brengle pitched four and 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits. Aaron Amaral and Jeremy Tate pitched two and 1/3 innings of relief and two earned runs off of seven hits.
In game two, Hornet pitchers held the Bearcats to just two hits through the first six innings and held a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, and had the conference leader in saves on the mound in the form of Michael Cotter. Northwest would draw two walks and get three hits off the Hornets' ace closer and cut the Emporia State lead down to 6-5.
With the bases loaded, Emporia's Brett Kinsel, making his third appearance of the series, induced Kretzer into a fly out to end the Bearcat threat.
Eric McGlauflin recorded two RBI's in the game two loss, while DeAngelis and Cameron Bedard went 1-for-2 and 1-for-3, respectively with an RBI each. Rosales went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs in the game and Alex Singleton also added two runs.
With the two losses and Washburn's extra innings win over Pitt State on Saturday, the Bearcats were eliminated from MIAA tournament contention.
Saturday was also Senior Day at Northwest as six Bearcat seniors were honored in-between games. Aaron Amaral, Brengle, Christian Dekker, Jayson Huett, Anthony Moctezuma and Tate are all playing in their final series in a Northwest uniform this weekend.
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