---Matt Marksbury remained
unbeaten (7-0) this season by allowing just one run in six
innings on the mound Saturday against Rockhurst.
- Northern Kentucky University used a pair of big innings to coast
past Rockhurst, 11-1, Saturday night in the first game of a doubleheader
at Champion Window Field.
NKU scored five
times in the first inning and later added six runs in the sixth
to roll to the Great Lakes Valley Conference victory. The Norse
bunched together six consecutive hits in the first inning to score
five times. Evan McDole’s two-run double highlighted the first
inning for NKU.
That was all
the run support NKU starter Matt Marksbury would need Saturday.
The senior right-hander scattered six hits and one run in six innings
of work to remain unbeaten (7-0) this season. He struck out three
batters and allowed no walks before being lifted following a 61-minute
McDole and Kevin
Dusold each collected two hits and two RBI for the Norse, who finished
with 13 hits as a team. Jon Back added a three-run double for NKU
in the sixth inning, while teammate Jake Shaffer was 2-for-4 with
two runs scored.
a school record with five hits in the nightcap as NKU completed
the sweep with a 13-2 win. Shaffer, a sophomore outfielder from
Athol, Mass., was 5-for-5 and scored two runs for the Norse. Sophomore
catcher Larry Pempek was 3-for-3 and drove in four runs to lead
the NKU offense.
NKU jumped out
to a 2-0 lead in the second inning behind an RBI double by Pempek
and a run-scoring single by Kenny Wilson. Pempek's two-run double
in the fourth inning gave NKU a 6-0 advantage, and the Norse coasted
to the win behind the pitching of left-hander Josh Bruns.
Bruns, a senior
from Versailles, Ohio, struck out eight batters and evened his record
at 4-4 this season. He pitched six innings and held Rockhurst to
one run and four hits.
The Norse are
24-21 overall, 20-11 in the GLVC. NKU and Rockhurst will complete
the three-game series Sunday at noon.
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Wagers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run in
the first inning Saturday against Rockhurst. Wagers went 2-for-3
in the opener and added an RBI as the Norse rolled to an 11-1
victory. NKU later completed the sweep by knocking off the Hawks
in the nightcap by a 13-2 score.