- Northern Kentucky University literally walked away with a win
in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Quincy
at Champion Window Field.
NKU took advantage
of three seventh-inning walks and a hit batsman by Quincy starting
pitcher Brad Stone to rally for a 5-4 win over the Hawks. Stone’s
final free pass - a bases-loaded walk to Kory Lonergan - forced
in the winning run as NKU scored three times in the final inning
to complete the comeback.
a 4-2 lead into the final inning, but Conor McGeehan started the
NKU comeback with a double to right field. Chris Nann followed with
a walk, and Brian DeCarlo was inserted as a pinch-runner for Nann.
then reached on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases with
no outs. Stone proceeded to walk Josh Moulton to force in one run
and make it 4-3. After Jim Volpe struck out swinging, Stone hit
Kenny Wilson with a pitch to drive in DeCarlo and tie the game at
Lonergan to the plate, and the junior shortstop walked to force
in Jones with the winning run.
Jon Back went
2-for-3 with one run batted in to lead the Norse offense. Jones
finished 1-for-2 and scored twice. Lonergan scored once and added
an RBI for NKU, which is ranked 27th in the nation.
Patterson pitched the complete game for NKU. The senior right-hander
scattered four hits and allowed only one earned run to improve to
3-2 for the season.
NKU won the
second game, 4-0, as McGeehan went 3-for-4 and scored twice. The
Norse took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and added
one run each in the seventh and eighth for the victory.
and Steve Thomas combined for the shutout for NKU. Beltz went 6
2/3 innings and gave up four hits with two strikeouts to improve
to 5-1. Thomas pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief with two strikeouts
for his sixth save of the season.
to 25-10-1 overall, 23-6-1 in the GLVC. Quincy dropped to 20-11
overall, 18-8 in the GLVC.
The teams will
conclude the four-game series with another noon doubleheader on
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