Northwest baseball splits doubleheader at Lindenwood

riggertNorthwestThe Northwest Missouri State baseball team split a double-header to end its series Monday as Lindenwood took game one 7-4 and the Bearcats grabbed game two 5-4.

The Lions scored in the top of the first and held the lead until the bottom of the third inning when Northwest had three runners cross the plate. Cam Bedard drove in Brandon Huske and Alex Singleton with a double in the gap. Eric McGlauflin hit a sac fly later in the inning to score Ryan Abernathy and putting the Bearcats up, 3-1.

Lindenwood put up six runs in the final two innings to pull ahead for good. Eric Swain hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Huske in the bottom of the ninth inning to make the final score 7-4.

The tough loss went to Ryker Fox who moves to 0-3 on the season as he went seven innings giving up only three hits and four earned runs.

Marcus Garrett picked up his first win of the 2013 season after going five strong innings giving up four hits, and two earned runs while striking out five.

Northwest’s offense got off to a quick start as they added four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Back-to-back walks issued to Huske and Swain followed by an RBI single off the bat of McGlauflin started the Bearcat rally.

Bedard doubled in two more runs in the inning to go up 3-0 before Charlie Krueger knocked in Bedard for the final run of the first inning.

The Lions answered with one run in the second inning but in the bottom of the second, Alex Singleton had a base hit to bring in Krueger to get the run back and keep the lead at 5-1.

The Bearcats were able to stave off a late inning rally from the Lions as Nathanial Horton snagged his first save on the season. Chase Anderson also put in a good performance in middle relief, as he went three innings with two strikeouts and gave up one earned run.

Northwest moves to 2-9 on the season and 2-6 in MIAA play and will play host to Central Oklahoma (2-3, 2-3) Saturday at Bearcat field. The games are schedule for a double header on Saturday with a noon start time. The third and final game of the series will also begin at noon on Sunday.

— NWMSU Sports Information —