TOPEKA, Kan. – The Northwest Missouri State baseball team combined for 22 hits and 13 runs in two games to defeat Washburn in both games of a double-header Thursday winning 5-1 in game one and 8-3 in game two.
Austin Warren picked up his first win of the season as he went 5.2 innings giving up five hits, no walks and one earned run. Warren faced 21 batters and collected four strikeouts.
Two Bearcats crossed home plate in the first two innings to put Head Coach Darin Loe's team up early. Washburn picked up their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth to make the game 2-1.
Northwest did the majority of their damage in the top of the seventh inning starting with JJ Baccari who hit a sac fly to score Brandon Huske. Eric Swain followed Baccari with a double down the right field line scoring Cam Bedard to move the score to 4-1. Tyler Durant knocked in the final run with a double to left field.
Nathanial Horton picked up his second save of the season in the 5-1 victory in game one.
The bats picked up where they left off in game two scoring in the first four innings of the nine inning affair.
Huske scored in the first inning on a wild pitch from the WU pitcher. Charlie Krueger scored on a double by Derek Meyer in the second inning. Eric Swain singled in Huske in the third, but was thrown out trying to beat out a double.
The Bearcats added two runs in the top of the fourth and two more in the six to go up 7-2. Cam Bedard scored the team's final run in the seventh inning after he reached on an error, stole second and was knocked in by Durant on a sac fly.
Chase Anderson moves to 1-2 on the season as he went a solid seven innings for the Bearcats striking out two and giving up only four hits and two earned runs.
Northwest improves to 4-12 on the season and 4-8 in MIAA play. The Bearcats plan to host Central Missouri Saturday for a double-header starting at noon and single nine inning game Sunday with first pitched scheduled for 1 p.m. Central Missouri is ranked No. 2 in the latest NCBWA poll.