Petree, Medrano Power Bears to 7-0 Victory Over Air Force
May 4, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Nick Petree struck out a career-high 12 batters over eight scoreless innings, and Kevin Medrano drove in a season-high four runs to lead the Missouri State Bears to a 7-0 victory over Air Force Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Petree limited the Falcons to three hits in pushing his personal scoreless streak to 30.0 consecutive innings to eclipse a Missouri State single-season record, while Medrano went 3-for-5 to lead the Bears' offense.
Petree (9-2) won for the ninth time in 11 starts and surpassed the previous MSU single-season scoreless innings record of 29 1/3 innings set by Greg Reed in 1988. The sophomore right-hander allowed just a one-out double to Brian Sicher in the third and a pair of Blair Roberts base hits in the sixth and eighth innings in combining with freshman right-hander Zach Merciez on the Bears' eighth shutout of the season.
Petree also stretched his string of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 64 2/3 straight frames dating back to March 2. He needs to work just 4 2/3 additional scoreless innings to equal the Missouri State overall record for successive scoreless innings, established over the 1968-69 seasons by Ken Watkins.
With Petree in command on the mound, the Bears' offense got a lift from Medrano, who drove in the first three runs of the afternoon for Missouri State, and freshman Eric Cheray. The Bears broke into the scoring column in the top of the third, taking advantage of a pair of walks from Air Force starter Michael Ceci to grab a 2-0 lead. Cheray coaxed ball four from Ceci to start the inning, before Trey Massenberg's grounder to short forced Cheray at second for the first out of the frame. Next, Spiker Helms drew another walk, before Medrano lined Ceci's 1-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single.
Cheray keyed Missouri State scoring rallies in the fifth and seventh innings as well, extending his streak of reaching base safely to six straight at-bats to help stretch the Bears' lead to 5-0. The Bears' shortstop led-off the fifth with a bunt single and scored on a double to left-center by Medrano--the 50th of his Missouri State career--then trotted home on a Helms sacrifice fly after leading off the seventh with a double to right.
Missouri State broke the game wide open with three runs over the final two innings, scratching out an unearned run in the eighth following Luke Voit's lead-off double, then plating two more in the ninth courtesy of run-scoring hits by Medrano and Koby Peebles.
Merciez relieved Petree in the ninth, allowing the Falcons' fourth hit of the ballgame before Helms and Brent Seifert teamed up on an 8-3 double play to end the contest.
The Bears and Falcons will meet for a second time Saturday (May 5) at 11 a.m., before Missouri State concludes the weekend with a 1 p.m. contest against host Kansas on Sunday.