---Greg Pass delivers a
pitch against Missouri-Rolla on Sunday during Senior Day.
Pass, a senior from Louisville, Ky., pitched 2 1/3 scoreless
innings in relief but NKU dropped a 4-3 decision.
- If Northern Kentucky University is going to defend its Great Lakes
Valley Conference Tournament championship later this week, the Norse
will have to win one game Monday afternoon against Indianapolis.
And that will
be just to qualify for the GLVC Tournament, which begins Thursday
at Sauget, Ill.
NKU could have
clinched a spot in the GLVC Tournament in its home finale Sunday,
but Missouri-Rolla spoiled the Norse’s Senior Day with a 4-3
win. NKU dropped to 27-24 overall, 22-14 in the GLVC.
NKU is tied
for third place in the GLVC standings, and the top six teams qualify
for the league’s postseason event. The Norse need to win once
Monday during a doubleheader at Indianapolis to clinch a berth in
the GLVC Tournament.
Four teams -
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, Southern Indiana, Drury and Bellarmine
- have clinched spots in the GLVC Tournament. NKU, Saint Joseph’s,
Indianapolis and Quincy are vying for the remaining two berths.
defeated NKU for the second time in the three-game weekend series
Sunday despite committing five errors. The Miners held a 4-1 lead
going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but NKU rallied on the
strength of Larry Pempek’s two-run single to cut the deficit
The Norse had
the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth after
Jon Back reached on an error and stole second base. Missouri-Rolla
reliever Ben Sherman, however, ended the threat by getting Kory
Lonergan to fly out to right field.
Pempek and Matt
Wagers each had three hits to lead the NKU offense. Pempek drove
in all three runs for NKU, while Wagers scored twice in his final
nine runners on base and was unable to capitalize on the errors
by Missouri-Rolla. Josh Lueke went 6 1/3 innings and took the loss
for NKU, which has won GLVC Tournament titles in 2002, ’04