- The Northern Kentucky University baseball team clinched the Great
Lakes Valley Conference’s regular-season title Saturday by
sweeping a doubleheader from Missouri-Rolla.
In the opener,
NKU posted a 3-2 victory over Missouri-Rolla in nine innings. The
Norse later wrapped up the GLVC regular-season crown with a 4-0
win in the nightcap.
doubled in Jim Volpe with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning of
the first game. Volpe reached on an error, stole second base and
scored on D’Ippolito’s double down the left-field line.
retired Missouri-Rolla in order in the bottom of the inning to record
his 10th save of the season. Greg Moss pitched 5 1/3 innings of
scoreless relief to get the victory for NKU.
In the second
game, junior left-hander Josh Bruns tossed a three-hit shutout as
NKU clinched the GLVC title with a 4-0 win. Bruns struck out six
batters and improved to 7-1.
again provided a key hit late in the game by hammering his first
home run of the season over the fence in left-center with a runner
aboard to extend NKU’s lead to 4-0 lead in the top of the
seventh. Earlier in the inning, Matt Wagers drove in Conor McGeehan
with an RBI double.
to 36-17-1 overall, 34-11-1 in the GLVC. The Norse will be the No.
1 seed in next week’s GLVC Tournament at Sauget, Ill.
NKU has won
the GLVC Tournament in the last two even-numbered years, 2002 and
The Norse are ranked
No. 3 in the latest NCAA Division II North Central Region ratings
and 23rd nationally in the Division II poll. NKU and Missouri-Rolla
will conclude the regular season at noon Sunday with a doubleheader.
1 BOX SCORE
2 BOX SCORE