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From an edited Missouri State Athletics press release:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - While the story of the night at Hammons Field was that of two cross-town rivals coming together for a common cause, a crowd of 3,753 also saw Missouri State hold off Drury on the diamond to claim a 4-2 victory in the "Battle For Bell" Saturday.
The Bears scored all four of their runs in the first two innings, then relied on a strong effort from their bullpen to earn the win in their first baseball meeting with the Panthers.
Saturday's benefit contest to assist former MSU shortstop and Glendale High School head coach Howard Bell in his fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis brought out the Bears' largest home crowd since May 2, 2006.
Bell, a three-year letterwinner for the Bears from 1984-86, was diagnosed with ALS--commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease--in December.
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