April 6, 2012
Pitching leads ‘Cats to split with rival GriffonsGame 1 l Game 2
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a double header with the Missouri Western Griffons Friday afternoon, winning the 9-1 following a tightly contested 2-1 loss in game one.
With the win, Northwest improves to 10-21 overall and 9-13 in MIAA play while Missouri Western sits at 20-10 overall and 13-7 in conference play.
Game one settled in as a pitchers’ duel following single runs in each of the first three half innings.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Ryan Abernathy extended his hitting streak to 13 games to lead off the home half. Following a Cameron Bedard walk, Eric Swain bunted for hit with Abernathy scoring on a throwing error by the Western third baseman.
The Griffons reclaimed the lead in the top of the second at 2-1 and despite at least one Bearcat base runner in all but the fifth inning; the Griffons were able to hold on the rest of the way.
Brandon Simmons of Missouri Western improved to 7-2 on the mound with the win; scattering seven hits and striking out six.
Jace Anderson suffered the tough-luck defeat for Northwest, throwing a complete-game five-hitter with just one earned run.
Ryan Abernathy recorded two hits in the loss, his team-leading 16th-multiple hit game of the season.
Game two featured another stellar start by the Northwest starting pitcher and two explosive innings by the Bearcat offense.
Following a Missouri Western run in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead, Northwest responded promptly with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Tyler Durant started the inning with a base hit. After a Missouri Western error, Landinn Eckhardt would squeeze home a run to tie the game at one. A walk to Ryan Abernathy would load the bases and Cam Bedard worked a walk of his own to put the Bearcats ahead 2-1. Eric Swain capped the big inning with a two-out, two-run single to make the score 4-1 after two.
The four runs would be more than enough for Chase Anderson as he would stymie the Griffons through 7.1 innings. Anderson would allow just six hits and no earned runs while striking out four in his third win of the season.
The turning point in the game came in the top of the seventh, when Missouri Western loaded the bases with no outs. Anderson would induce a pop out, fly out and ground out to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Bearcat offense broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs on six hits.
Following run-scoring hits by Eric McGlauflin and Jon Pomatto, Steven Garber would provide the big blow with a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line to make the score 8-1. Eckhardt would follow with a single of his own to provide the final margin.
Carson Smith provided 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief for Northwest, striking out one.
The middle of the Bearcat offense would do the majority of the damage in game two with Swain, McGlauflin and Durant combining to go 7-for- 13 at the plate.
Nine different Bearcats scored runs in the game.
Up Next: The Bearcats continue the four-game series with the Missouri Western Griffons tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 1 p.m. Game one will also be featured as “Military Tribute Day” as the Bearcats will be wearing special camouflage tops when they take the field.
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