March 29, 2013
MSSU takes double-header from Northwest
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State baseball team was unable to get the bats going in the middle innings Friday and dropped game one to Missouri Southern 4-2 and after a late rally lost 4-3 in game two.
Game one was a hard fought battle that was supposed to be a seven inning game and turned into a nine inning affair.
Northwest plated a run in the first inning on a two out single by JJ Baccari that brought Ryan Abernathy across home plate. Missouri Southern answered in the top half of the second with a run of their own making it 1-1.
The Bearcats once again came through with two outs when Steven Garber doubled down the left field line scoring Cam Bedard from first base. The Lions again answered in the next inning knotting it up at 2-2.
The game would remain scoreless until the top of the ninth inning when Missouri Southern managed to scrape two runs home on a two out single up the middle to make the final score 4-2.
Ryker Fox got the start and went 5.2 innings giving up seven hits, two earned runs and collecting four strikeouts in the no decision. Nathanial Horton was tagged with his second loss of the season as he went 2.2 innings posting five strikeouts and two earned runs.
Northwest scored in the first inning on the back of a Brandon Huske double that plated Abernathy from third base. Later in the inning Garber singled up the middle to score Huske from second.
The Bearcats added another run in the second inning when Alex Singleton singled to center field and Charlie Krueger crossed home plate bringing the score to 3-0.
Both starting pitchers then settled in delivering great performances.
Garrett Marcus entered the seventh inning having given up on one hit and looking for the complete game shutout. The Lions plated four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good. Marcus gave up only one earned run on three hits and gathered four strikeouts in the 4-3 losing effort.
Northwest moves to 9-20, 7-17 on the season. The Bearcats and Lions will play the final game of the three game series Saturday at Bearcat Field with first pitch scheduled for noon.
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