---Evan McDole was 1-for-4
and scored a run Sunday during NKU’s 3-2 loss to Rockhurst
in 12 innings. The Norse won two of three games this weekend.
Hensley, NKU Sports Information
- Steve Braun’s 12th-inning single with two outs drove in
Nick Troilo from third base with the go-ahead run as Rockhurst held
on for a 3-2 win over Northern Kentucky University on Sunday afternoon.
Troilo led off
the top of the 12th inning with a bloop single down the left-field
line, and he advanced to third following a groundout and a flyout
to set up Braun’s heroics.
RBI single - grounded perfectly between third baseman Matt Wagers
and shortstop Kory Lonergan – came off reliever Kevin Jordan
and gave the Hawks their first lead of the weekend series. Jordan
(1-4) suffered the loss for the Norse, while Patrick Larm (8-4)
pitched eight scoreless innings in relief of starter Drew Chandler
to get the victory.
just three hits and struck out five to shut down a Norse offense
that had rolled up 24 runs and 32 hits during a doubleheader sweep
Saturday night. In his eight innings of relief, Larm faced just
brilliant outing wasn’t the only one of the afternoon. NKU
starter Josh Lueke turned in another dazzling performance as he
went 9 2/3 innings, allowing two runs with one of those being earned.
Lueke, a graduate of Scott High School, allowed eight hits and struck
out eight while only allowing two walks for the no decision.
NKU took an
early 2-0 lead in the second inning when Larry Pempek’s grounder
with the bases loaded was thrown away, allowing Kevin Dusold and
Evan McDole to score. After that, only one Norse base runner reached
second and that was via a balk by Larm.
Braun, who went
3-for-6 on the day, started things for the Hawks in the top of the
fourth as he laced a sharp single to left field and scored when
Dan Hunter grounded out. Rockhurst managed to push across the tying
run in the top of the fifth with the help of an error by Pempek.
Rick Pisani singled to begin the inning and advanced over to third
on a sacrifice bunt and single.
when Tyler Knust hit a dribbler down the first-base line, and Lueke’s
throw to the plate was misplayed by Pempek.
loss, the Norse (24-22, 20-12 Great Lakes Valley Conference) were
able to maintain fourth place in the league standings. The top six
teams will qualify for the GLVC Tournament, which begins May 10
at Sauget, Ill.
NKU will host
Indianapolis in a doubleheader at noon on Tuesday. The Norse conclude
their home schedule next weekend as they host Missouri-Rolla.
NKU will honor
its 11 seniors - David Armstrong, Adam Bell, Brian Beltz, Mark Bogenschutz,
Josh Bruns, Kory Lonergan, Matt Marksbury, Chris Nann, Greg Pass,
Matt Wagers, and Jim Volpe - and their families prior to Sunday’s