celebrate after defeating Quincy
SAUGET, Ill. - Another
even-numbered year, another Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball
championship for Northern Kentucky University.
The Norse captured the
GLVC Tournament title Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Quincy at GCS
Ballpark. Kory Lonergan’s two-out single in the bottom of
the ninth inning drove in Josh Moulton with the winning run as NKU
claimed its third GLVC Tournament championship in the last five
The Norse also captured
GLVC championships in 2002 and ’04.
Lonergan, a graduate
of Dixie Heights High School, lined a single to left field off Quincy
starter Brad Shaeffer to plate Moulton from second base. Moulton
began the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice
bunt by Jon Back.
After Shaeffer struck
out Chris Nann, Lonergan stepped to the plate and delivered his
“These guys expect
to win, and we answered after Quincy rallied to tie the game in
the top of the ninth,” NKU head coach Todd Asalon said. “We’ve
been in a lot of one-run games this season, so we know how to win
these type of games. Kory came through with a big hit in a huge
situation, and he has had a great year for us.”
Lonergan, an All-Great
Lakes Valley Conference shortstop, went 2-for-5 Sunday. He is batting
.298 with a team-leading 40 runs scored this season.
gets congratulated on the hit
Steve Thomas (5-0) picked
up the win in relief for NKU, which improved to 42-18-1. Quincy
(39-18) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth on a two-out
infield single by Shawn Altgilbers that drove in Matt Nichols from
NKU manufactured a run
in the first inning when Matt Jones reached on an error and later
scored on a grounder to shortstop off the bat of Matt Wagers. Quincy
evened the score at 1-all in the third, but NKU regained the lead
in the sixth when Nick D’Ippolito hit a sacrifice fly that
drove in Jones from third.
“We pitch well
and run well, and that’s how we are successful,” said
Asalon, whose team won despite having only four hits Sunday. “You
have to do the little things like bunt and move people over, and
we’ve been doing that all season.”
On Saturday night, NKU
had posted a 1-0 win against Quincy. The Norse won five times in
six meetings with the Hawks this season.
NKU earned an automatic
berth in the NCAA Division II North Central Region Tournament, which
begins Thursday. Grand Valley State is the probable host, and NKU
is expected to be the No. 2 seed in the six-team, double-elimination
The Norse are currently
ranked No. 23 nationally in the Division II poll. The 42 wins are
the most since the 1989 season, when NKU finished 45-9.