April 15, 2012
Bearcats win key series over SBU
MARYVILLE, Mo - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a doubleheader with the Southwest Baptist Bearcats Sunday afternoon, winning 10-1 in game two following a 6-1 loss in game one.
Coupled with Northwest’s doubleheader sweep over Southwest Baptist on Friday, the Bearcats took three-of-four games in the series to pass Southwest Baptist in the MIAA standings where Northwest currently sits at 14-24 overall and 13-15 in conference play.
Game one saw the Southwest Baptist pitching take over as starter Mike Nielebeck pitched seven shutout innings allowing just four hits while striking out four.
Southwest Baptist jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the third off of three hits and two Northwest errors.
Northwest would get on the board in the fourth thanks to singles by Ryan Abernathy and Cameron Bedard. An Eric McGlauflin RBI would plate the Bearcats’ lone run.
Southwest Baptist would tack on one run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth to take the 6-1 advantage.
Bedard led Northwest offensively in game one recording two hits.
On the mound, Chris Green would record the loss moving his record to 2-4 on the season.
Game two saw the two teams traded single runs in the first inning as an Eric McGlauflin squeeze bunt would score Ryan Abernathy. The run was Abernathy’s first of two in the nightcap; giving him a team-leading 41 on the season.
The scored remained 1-1 until Northwest broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning with five runs on four hits and three Southwest Baptist errors. The inning was started by a McGlauflin double with key RBI hits ensuing from Abernathy and Cameron Bedard.
The 6-1 lead would be more than enough for Northwest starting pitcher Sean Brady, who turned in his second consecutive superb outing on the hill. Just like the previous week, Brady would allow no earned runs while pitching six innings and allowing just three hits.
Northwest would add a pair of runs in both the seventh and ninth innings on two-run singles by Cole Mapes and Abernathy to finish the scoring.
Patrick Brady and Josh Parrish combined to throw three innings of scoreless relief for Northwest.
Abernathy, Eric Swain and Tyler Durant each collected a pair of hits in the game, with Abernathy and Mapes both driving in three runs. With the two hits, Abernathy has now collected multiple hits in 20 of the team’s 38 games.
Up Next: The Bearcats continue MIAA play next weekend when they travel to Pittsburg, Kan. for a four-game series with the Pittsburg State Gorillas. First pitch on Friday from Al Ortolani Field is slated for 6 p.m.
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