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Northwest's Win Streak Stopped in Home Opener

Southwest Baptist defeats Northwest 16-8 to half their seven-game win streak.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Off to their best start since 2008, the Northwest baseball team hit their home diamond for the first time in 2014 on Friday.

Offense was at a premium, but Southwest Baptist took away the fanfare with a 16-8 victory, snapping Northwest's seven-game win streak. 

Senior Austin Warren (1-2) lasted three innings as the starter, giving up seven runs, four earned, while striking out one. SBU scored in four of the first five innings, highlighted by a two-run home run by Bo Helsel to give them a 7-2 lead in the third frame.

Northwest (11-6, 8-3) also struck in three of those innings, leading to a 10-7 deficit after five frames. Their only run after that came in the seventh when James Holler scored on an error.

Holding on to an 11-8 advantage, SBU (7-10, 6-7) put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth with five more runs, including a solo homer from Spencer Blacksher.

Northwest's Brandon Huske and Garrett Fort each drove in three runs. 

SBU's Spencer Andrews (2-0) got the win despite allowing three runs through 1 1/3 innings. 
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