JOPLIN, Missouri – The Maryville baseball team snapped the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats’s four-game win streak with a 7-1 triumph at the GLVC/MIAA Crossover on Friday.
The Saints plated one run in the second inning and two in the fourth, taking an early 3-0 advantage over the Bearcats (5-3).
Following scoreless innings by both squads in the fifth and sixth innings, Northwest clawed into the Maryville lead after freshman catcher Chase Broeker scored from second on a throwing error by the Saints, making the score 3-1 entering the final two innings of play.
Maryville answered with three runs in the eighth and one more in the top of the ninth while holding off the explosive Bearcat offense to escape with the 7-1 victory.
On the mound, senior Quintin Van Ackeren got the start for Northwest, dealing seven innings. Van Ackeren allowed four runs (four earned) on five hits while adding eight strikeouts during the outing. Fellow senior Ethan Griswold relieved Van Ackeren in the eighth, throwing the final two innings of play. Griswold allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out two Saints.
The Bearcats are back in action for day two of the MIAA/GLVC Challenge on Saturday, taking on St. Cloud State. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m in Joplin.
NOTES: Senior infielder Calvin Rudolph extended his team-best seven-game hitting streak … senior first baseman Connor Quick continued his team-high eight-game on-base streak … Quick and Broeker each drew a pair of walk against the Saints …Van Ackeren is tied for the team high with 14 strikeouts this season.
— Northwest Athletics —