The Northwest Missouri State baseball team got an outstanding pitching performance to win game one 8-0, while the offense exploded for a 15-8 victory in game two to finish a three-game sweep of Truman State on Saturday.
Northwest took the first game 8-3 Friday and outscored Truman 31-11 over the the weekend, picking up its first series sweep of the season.
Northwest improved to 9-16 on the season and 7-13 in the MIAA, while the Bulldogs fell to 6-18 overall and 6-17 in league play.
Game one saw Ryker Fox go the distance for a complete game five-hit shutout. Fox struck out three Bulldogs and only walked one on 88 pitches for his second straight win n the seven inning affair.
The Bearcat offense took an early 1-0 lead when Brandon Huske belted a solo homerun over the fight field wall in the top of the first inning.
Although the one-run lead would be all Fox needed on the mound, the Bearcats got another solo homer from Eric McGlauflin in the top of the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bearcat bats then exploded for six runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Northwest batted around in the inning as JJ Baccari led off and reached on an error. Baccari capped the scoring with a two-RBI single up the middle as the Bearcats six runs came on four hits and two Truman errors.
McGlauflin, Charlie Krueger and Ryan Abernathy finished with two hits apiece, as Abernathy added a pair of RBIs.
Northwest scored in every inning but the first and seventh and blasted 17 hits en route to a 15-8 win in game two.
The 15 runs were a season-high for the Bearcats who received home runs from Cam Bedard, Eric Swain and McGlauflin.
After scoring two runs in the second inning, Bedard led off the third with a double in the gap to right. Just three pitches later, Bedard stole third and a throwing error on the catcher saw the senior cross the plate starting the inning.
Swain followed with a single to score Baccari as he reached on a double after Bedard scored. One batter later, McGlauflin blasted his fourth home run of the season giving Northwest a 7-0 lead. McGlauflin finished 2-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Chase Anderson picked up his third win of the season with 6 1/3 innings of work. The Bearcat bullpen saw Rob Henrichs, Tyler Barth and Nathanial Horton pitch the final 2.2 innings allowing only three hits and two runs.
Northwest continues MIAA action on Tuesday as they travel to Missouri Western for a double-header in St. Joseph. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - The Griffons swept a doubleheader from Northwest last week in Maryville.
The Northwest Missouri State baseball team picked up its seventh win of the season Friday by beating Truman State 8-3 in a nine inning affair.
The Bearcats were able to have a big inning early in the game when they put five runs up in the top of the second inning. Paul Johnson knocked in Derek Meyer for the first run of the game.
Johnson stole second and would eventually score on a throwing error. Ryan Abernathy also scored on an error to put Northwest up 3-0. Steven Garber picked up two RBIs with a single to center field to add to the total and put his team up 5-0.
Truman State got two runs back scoring one in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Bearcats added two more runs in the seventh inning as Brandon Huske scored on a throwing error and JJ Baccari knocked in Cam Bedard with a sacrifice fly.
Northwest added one more insurance one in the ninth inning when Baccari grabbed his second RBI of the game when he plated Bedard with a sac fly.
The Bulldogs added one in the ninth but that would be it.
Marcus Garrett picked up win number two on the season as he went 7.0 strong innings giving up three hits and collecting two strikeouts.