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Northwest's Season Ends Despite Sweep

The Bearcats are bounced from the MIAA Tournament despite ending the regular season with two wins.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Despite outscoring Pittsburg State 19-4 and picking up two wins on the final day of the regular season, Northwest's season will not continue. 

After honoring nine seniors, the Bearcats racked up 11-2 and 8-2 wins over the Gorillas. With Northeastern State's win over Washburn, the Bearcats were eliminated from the MIAA Tournament on Saturday, ending Darin Loe's 15th season as head coach with a record of 23-23 and 17-20 in the MIAA 

It's the first .500 season for the Bearcats since 2008. 

Jon Pomatto and Blake Hardegree drove in the opening runs in the second to give Northwest a 2-0 advantage.

PSU (18-32, 13-27) came back to tie it in the fifth before the Bearcat bats exploded, tallying nine runs over the next two frames. Northwest batted around in the sixth while sending six runners across the plate. 

Six different Bearcats drove in runs as Hardegree, Pomatto, Brandon Huske, and Steven Garber tallied two RBI apiece. 

Ryker Fox (7-3) allowed two runs on 11 hits while striking out six batters over seven innings.

PSU struck in the first inning of Game 2 as Brad Foss drove in Derek Hackney by grounding into a fielder's choice. That would be the only run the Gorillas would score until the ninth. 

Northwest plated two in the third and six more in the seventh to jump out to an 8-1 advantage. Garrett Fort recorded three RBI, while Ryan Abernathy drove in a pair. 

Daulton Perry (3-0) struck out two while allowing two hits and an unearned over six frames. 

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