(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Friday marked the first trip back to the diamond for Northwest since their 31-run outburst against Southwest Baptist on Saturday.
They continued to show potent bats as they held off William Jewell in a see-saw duel for a 13-9 win. The Bearcats (13-23) have produced sizzling offense nearly all month, scoring 81 runs in their last five games.
The Cardinals (11-17) struck first in the opening inning off a wild pitch from Rob Henrichs. He lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and giving up five runs, three of which were earned.
Northwest struck back with four runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by the first of Eric Swain's two home runs. Both he and Ryan Abernathy finished with four RBI.
William Jewell got a pair back in the third inning and the tying run in the fourth before Abernathy lifted Northwest again with a two-run blast to left center. The Cardinals continued to chip away, cutting the lead back to one run twice.
The Bearcats managed to stay ahead with scores in each of the last five innings, finishing with five runs in the final two frames.
Blane Reutter (2-3) got the win despite giving up four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Northwest heads to Emporia State Saturday for the start of a three-game series.