- Matt Wagers hit his second grand slam of the season to lead Northern
Kentucky University to a 7-1 win over Indianapolis in the first
game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
the sweep in the nightcap by holding off Indianapolis, 5-4, at Champion
Window Field. The Norse improved to 31-14-1 overall, 29-8-1 in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference.
It marked the
fifth time in the last six years NKU has reached the 30-win plateau.
In the opener,
NKU held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning. The
Norse loaded the bases for Wagers with two outs, and the junior
right fielder launched a delivery from Nathan Kragel over the fence
in left field to extend NKU’s lead to 6-0.
It was the
fourth home run of the season for Wagers, a graduate of Hamilton
High School. Earlier this season, Wagers also connected for a grand
slam against Grand Valley State.
NKU with four homers and 35 runs batted in this season.
went 3-for-4 and scored twice for NKU, while teammate Kenny Wilson
was 2-for-3. Junior left-hander Josh Bruns went the distance and
upped his record to 6-0 this spring.
NKU built a
4-0 lead in the nightcap and held off a late Indianapolis rally
for the win. Lonergan went 2-for-3, and Wilson added two hits. Matt
Jones had a two-run double in the third inning for the Norse.
Patterson pitched seven innings and earned the win. Steve Thomas
came out of the bullpen and went 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick
up his eighth save of the season.
NKU will wrap
up its home season Sunday at noon against Indianapolis. Prior to
Sunday’s opener, NKU will recognize its six seniors - Conor
McGeehan, Thomas, Patterson, Joe Kendall, Jones and Chris Wilson
- during Senior Day festivities.
NKU is ranked
No. 2 in the latest NCAA II North Central Region poll. Grand Valley
State, which swept a doubleheader from NKU last week, is No. 1 in
the poll. The top six teams in each region advance to the NCAA Division
II Tournament May 18-21.
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