April 7, 2012
Bats come alive to earn split with Griffons
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Just as they have done all season the Northwest Missouri State baseball squad earned a split with Missouri Western via 14 hits and an outstanding offensive performance taking game two 11-1 after falling in the opener 7-5 Saturday afternoon.
The Bearcats moved their record to 11-22 on the season and 10-14 in league play while the Griffons moved to 21-11 and 14-8 in conference action. Northwest returns to the diamond Tuesday for a 3 p.m. first pitch against non-conference foe Rockhurst.
The second game started off with the Bearcats scoring in the bottom of the first and from there the runs kept coming, ending the game in the eighth inning via run rule. A two-run homer from Landinn Eckhardt ended the game in the eighth inning. Eckhardt went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the win.
The Bearcats first runs game came with one out in the bottom of the first inning on a Tyler Durant single up the middle. Northwest added two more runs in the third and another pair in the sixth before the Griffons were even able to get on the board.
Sean Brady picked up his first win of the season going six strong innings of scoreless baseball. Brady scattered three hits while walking two and striking out a pair before head coach Darin Loe went to the bullpen.
Carson Smith allowed the only MWSU run before Pat Brady pitched two innings holding the Griffons scoreless. Brady walked one and struck out three in relief.
In game one the Bearcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Ryan Abernathy singled in the second inning scoring Eckhardt and Jake Kretzer. Kretzer had reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on an Eckhardt double.
The Griffons would scratch a run back in the top half of the third only to have the Bearcats answer on a Stephen Garber double. Garber finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run in the loss.
Northwest starter Chris Green was chased after 4.2 innings when Missouri Western homered and capped a four-run inning with a two-out RBI double. Green earned a no-decision as the final four runs would be charged to Josh Parish, who pitched the final 2.1 innings.
The double in the fifth inning gave the Griffons a 5-3 lead as they would add another run in the sixth.
MWSU, who entered the weekend as one of the top two pitching teams in the MIAA, continued having trouble with the Bearcat lineup.
Northwest pulled back within one run when Garber blasted his sixth home run of the year in the right center gap.
However the Griffon bullpen stopped the bleeding as Jake Jones pitched the final 1.2 innings holding the Bearcats hitless. Jones earned his fifth save striking out two.
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