April 1, 2012
‘Cats cruise past Bulldogs
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State baseball team’s bats got hot as they recorded 34 hits, including five home runs, on their way to beating the Truman State Bulldogs 17-7 and 21-7 in MIAA action Sunday afternoon at Bulldog Park.
With the wins, Northwest improves to 9-20 overall and 8-12 in MIAA play while the Bulldogs fall to 6-20 overall and 5-17 in conference play.
Game one saw Northwest jumping out to an early lead in the first as Ryan Abernathy and Cameron Bedard would leadoff with back-to-back walks while Eric Swain would load the bases after being hit by a pitch. Eric McGlauflin would plate Abernathy and Bedard with a single to right field. Tyler Durant and Steven Garber would each add an RBI in the inning while Landinn Eckhardt would single to give the Bearcats the early 5-0 lead.
Truman State would plate two runs of their own in the second to cut the Northwest advantage to 5-2.
The Bearcat bats struck back in the third as Garber would lead off with a single to center field. A Jake Kretzer sacrifice bunt would advance Garber to second before Abernathy would double down the left field line to score Garber and Eckhardt, who had walked earlier in the inning. An Eric Swain single and a called balk plated two more runs for Northwest, upping their lead to 10-2.
Cole Mapes would extend the Northwest lead in the fourth as he belted a solo home run to left field, his first of the season.
The Bulldogs would cut into the Bearcats lead in the home half of the fourth scoring two runs on two hits.
Swain and McGlauflin each recorded their second hits of the game to start the fifth before Jake Kretzer would launch a home run of his own, to left field as well, helping the Bearcats plate three more runs.
The Bulldogs rallied in their half of the fifth plating three runs on three hits cutting the Northwest lead to seven.
The Bearcats would add a run in the sixth thanks to a Swain single scoring Abernathy as well as two runs in the seventh off of back-to-back home runs from Tyler Durant and Kretzer, Kretzer’s second of the afternoon, upping the Northwest advantage to 17-7.
In game one, Abernathy, McGlauflin, Kretzer would record multiple hits while Eric Swain would go a perfect four-for-four from the plate.
On the mound, Jace Anderson recorded the win, his first of the season, scattering 11 hits in 4.2 innings of work while striking out four.
Freshman Pat Brady provided 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to allow the Bearcats to pull away late.
Game two would see the Bearcats picking up where they left off in game one as Swain and McGlauflin would each single in the first to give the Bearcats the early 2-0 advantage.
Truman State evened the score in the second scoring two runs on three hits.
Northwest would battle back upping their advantage to 6-2 in the third off of hits from Bedard, Swain, McGlauflin and Kretzer.
The Bearcat bats weren’t done for the afternoon as they added three runs in the fifth as McGlauflin would single up the middle. Steven Garber got in on the home run action as he would launch his fifth long ball of the year, a two-run shot to right field.
The Bulldogs answered back scoring three runs in the fifth cutting the Northwest lead to 9-5.
Swain continued his hot streak singling to center field to lead off the sixth. McGlauflin followed suit before Durant would double to center field, driving in two for Northwest.
Truman State put two runs on the board in the sixth but the Bearcats would prove to be too much for the Bulldogs as they would plate nine runs on six hits and three errors in the final three frames.
McGlauflin would go a perfect five-for-five from the plate in game two as Swain and Abernathy would record four and two hits respectively.
Similar to game one, the Bearcat bullpen would provide key relief to allow the Bearcats to again pull away. Josh Parrish would record the win, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless and hitless relief.
Up Next: The Bearcats continue MIAA action next weekend as they will host the Missouri Western Griffons in a four-game series. First pitch of the Friday double-header is slated for 1 p.m. from Bearcat Field.
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