MARYVILLE, Missouri – The Northwest Missouri State University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Rogers State University Saturday at the Bearcat Baseball Field.
Northwest (6-6 overall, 5-4 MIAA) notched a 2-1 victory over Rogers State (7-6 overall, 4-5 MIAA).
Bearcat starter Zach Wiese (1-1) earned his first win of the season. Wiese scattered three hits through eight innings and struck out two, while allowing a run in the triumph. Alex Slocum worked the ninth for his third save of the season.
Northwest managed only two hits through the first four innings, but erupted for five hits in the fifth to scratch across the game’s first run. The Bearcats sent five batters to the plate in the fifth and all five recorded a hit. With one out, Peter Carlson singled to right to score Caden Diel. Drew Mackie was thrown at the plate trying to score and Carlson was doubled off between first and second to end more of a Bearcat scoring threat.
Rogers State tied it up at 1-1 in the top of the seventh on a one-out double to right from Jerry Davis. However, Davis was caught rounding second and Warren threw to Pinkerton to nail Davis at second.
Warren scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Warren was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Diel struck out, but Drew Mackie picked up the Bearcats with an RBI single to right to score Warren. Mackie was thrown out at second trying to move up on the throw to the plate to end the inning.
Rogers State attempted a rally in the eighth as Wiese allowed a single and hit a batter. But the Bearcat defense picked him up with a ground ball double play from Pinkerton to Carlson to Connor Quick to extinguish the Hillcat attack.
Slocum relieved Wiese in the ninth and walked the leadoff batter. However, a ground ball to third was turned into a double play as Holden threw to second to Carlson, who relayed a throw to Quick at first. After a two-out single, Slocum struck out RSU’s Davis looking to end it.
The Bearcats will travel to Ottawa, Kansas, for a single non-conference game vs. Ottawa on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Bearcats will return home next weekend to play host to Pittsburg State in a three-game MIAA set on Saturday and Sunday.
NOTES: The Bearcats limited the Hillcats to a .160 batting average in the three victories … the Northwest pitching staff posted a sparkling 1.67 earned run average in the 27 innings vs. Rogers State in Maryville.