- Jim Volpe went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in to
lead Northern Kentucky University to its 1,000th all-time win, a
7-3 decision over Southern Indiana on Wednesday in the second game
of a doubleheader at Champion Window Field.
also added two hits and a homer as NKU upped its record to 23-10-1
overall, 21-6-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse
are now 1,000-702-2 in 35 seasons of baseball.
(11-19 overall, 8-18 GLVC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second
inning of the nightcap and had the bases loaded with one out. NKU
pitcher Nathan Jones, however, struck out the final two batters
to leave three runners stranded and the Norse trailing just 2-0.
by scoring four times in the bottom of the second. Volpe and Kory
Lonergan each had run-scoring singles to key the Norse rally.
Indiana scored a run in the top of the fourth to cut the NKU lead
to 4-3, Volpe responded in the bottom of the inning by hammering
his first homer of the season over the right-field wall. Nann lined
an opposite-field homer to right in the fifth to extend NKU’s
advantage to 6-3, and Volpe added another RBI single in the eighth
to cap the scoring.
Greg Moss pitched
four innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win, while Greg
Pass notched the save by going two innings without surrendering
NKU won the
opener, 1-0, as Josh Bruns hurled a one-hitter. The junior left-hander
struck out eight batters and allowed just a second-inning double
by Sam Shahine. Bruns is now 5-0 this season with a 3.35 earned
drove in the only run of the game in the fourth inning with an RBI
single. NKU, ranked 27th nationally in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s
NCAA Division II poll, finished with three hits against Southern
Indiana starter Mike Watson.
NKU will play
host to Quincy this weekend in a key GLVC series at Champion Window
Field. Quincy swept a doubleheader from Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
on Wednesday and owns a 20-9 overall record.
The Hawks are
18-6 in the GLVC and trail NKU by one-half game in the standings.
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