is an All-GLVC catcher
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University baseball
team will meet Southern Illinois at Edwardsville at 1 p.m. Thursday
in the first round of the NCAA Division II North Central Regional
at Allendale, Mich.
NKU enters the NCAA Tournament with a 42-18-1 record and is the
No. 2 seed. The Norse captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference
championship last Sunday with a 3-2 win over Quincy at Sauget, Ill.
Grand Valley State (44-8) is the No. 1 seed and host for the double-elimination
North Central Regional, which will run through Sunday. The top-seeded
Lakers will meet sixth-seeded Rockhurst in the opening game Thursday.
Quincy will play Ashland in the other first-round game Thursday.
All NKU games can be heard live on the Internet. Go to the NKU
Athletics Web site or click here to listen.
THE NKU/SIUE SERIES IN 2006: NKU and SIUE (38-17-1)
met five times this season, and the Norse were 3-1-1 against the
Cougars. In their first meeting on March 4 at Florence, Ky., Kyle
Jones tossed a no-hitter against NKU during a 5-0 SIUE victory.
Jones, the GLVC Pitcher of the Year, struck out six batters and
walked two as the Cougars knocked off the Norse in the Norse’s
inaugural game at Champion Window Field.
Last week, NKU eliminated SIUE from the GLVC Tournament with a
7-5 victory in 11 innings.
COACH OF THE YEAR: NKU’s Todd Asalon was
named GLVC Coach of the Year in 2006. Asalon also earned the GLVC
Coach of the Year honor in 2002.
ALL GLVC: Four NKU players - catcher Conor McGeehan,
shortstop Kory Lonergan, starting pitcher Josh Bruns and closer
Steve Thomas - were named All-GLVC first team. Junior pitcher Matt
Marksbury and senior third baseman Matt Jones were selected to the
CLOSE THE DOOR: Steve Thomas, a senior closer
and a graduate of Elder High School in Cincinnati, leads the GLVC
with 11 saves and owns a 5-0 record. Earlier this season, Thomas
set an NKU record by pitching 28 consecutive scoreless innings.
He also has a 1.05 earned run average going into the NCAA Tournament.
BEHIND THE PLATE: NKU senior catcher Conor McGeehan
is batting .297 with three home runs and 28 runs batted in. McGeehan,
a graduate of Lebanon High School, also has 12 doubles and 16 stolen
ABSOLUTE GEM: NKU junior left-hander Brian Beltz
pitched 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball during a 1-0 win against
Quincy in an elimination game of the GLVC Tournament last Saturday
night. Beltz also struck out nine batters before giving way to Steve
Beltz, a graduate of Louisville Ballard High School, upped his
record to 6-4. He scattered four hits and walked only one batter.
CLUTCH HIT: Kory Lonergan's two-out single in
the bottom of the ninth inning drove in Josh Moulton with the winning
run last Sunday to give NKU the GLVC championship with a 3-2 victory
over Quincy. Lonergan, a graduate of Dixie Heights High School,
lined a single to left field to plate Moulton from second base.
NKU won its third GLVC Tournament title in the last five years.
QUIET LEADER: NKU senior third baseman Matt Jones
tied an NKU single-game record with five hits against SIUE last
week. Jones, a graduate of Lloyd High School, leads NKU with a .324
STEALING THE SHOW: NKU enters the NCAA Tournament
with 114 stolen bases this season. Norse freshman outfielder Kenny
Wilson leads the way with 27 steals, while Kory Lonergan has 23
thefts. NKU sophomore second baseman Jon Back has added 16 steals.
North Central Regional
(at Allendale, Mich.)
Thursday, May 18
Grand Valley State (44-8) vs. Rockhurst (35-20), 10 a.m.
Northern Kentucky (42-18-1) vs. SIU Edwardsville (38-17-1), 1 p.m.
Quincy (39-18) vs. Ashland (42-14), 4p.m.
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