Jon Back gets
congratulated after scoring
SAUGET, Ill. – Jon Back went 3-for-5 and scored three runs
as Northern Kentucky University opened the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Tournament with a 16-2 victory over Indianapolis on Thursday at
Back, a sophomore second baseman and a graduate of Harrison (Ohio)
High School, also drove in three runs as the top-seeded Norse improved
to 39-17-1. NKU scored six times in the fourth inning to erase a
1-0 deficit, with the key hit being a two-run single by Back.
Indianapolis also committed two errors in the fourth inning, and
the defensive miscues led to a pair of unearned runs.
NKU used an eight-run outburst in the seventh inning to seal the
win. Pinch-hitter Chris Wilson’s three-run double to left-center
field highlighted the inning for the Norse, who defeated Indianapolis
(33-23) for the fourth time in five meetings this season.
Matt Jones, Matt Wagers and Josh Moulton each had two hits for
NKU. Wagers scored twice and added two RBI, while Jones drove in
Wagers, a junior right fielder from Hamilton, Ohio, leads NKU with
42 RBI this season. He also ranks No. 2 in the GLVC in that category.
Moulton, Jim Volpe, Conor McGeehan, Kory Lonergan and Chris Nann
each scored two runs. McGeehan, Back and Kenny Wilson each collected
stolen bases for NKU.
Junior left-hander Josh Bruns improved to 8-1 this season by going
seven innings and allowing just four hits. Bruns also finished with
six strikeouts before giving way to reliever Greg Pass, who pitched
two scoreless innings after a 45-minute rain delay.
NKU is ranked No. 23 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll and
No. 2 in the NCAA II North Central Region. The Norse will meet the
loser of the Rockhurst-Southern Illinois at Edwardsville game at
5 p.m. (EDT) Friday in the double-elimination event.
NKU is looking to win the GLVC Tournament for the third time in
the past five years. The Norse also captured the title in 2002 and
’04. NKU needs just one victory to reach the 40-win plateau
for the first time since 1989.