Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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Tenn. – The
Northern Kentucky University baseball team got its first chance
on the green grass of the field
on Saturday afternoon against Carson-Newman, and the results were
less than exciting, as the Norse dropped both ends of a doubleheader
by scores of 8-3 and 8-5.
in the bottom of the first inning set the tone for the Eagles,
two-run double to right. The Norse responded after Jeff Bohlen
singled with two down
the third. Evan McDole was then hit by a pitch and Kevin Dusold
drew a walk to load the bases before Bohlen scored on a failed
pickoff attempt to cut the lead to two.
Lamson tripled and score
in the bottom of the fourth to give Carson-Newman what would prove
to be the winning run. A sacrifice fly in the
fifth and an error in the sixth gave the Eagles two more runs and
doubled their lead to 5-1.
The teams would
trade runs in the seventh and eighth innings, with Pat Muth hitting
NKU’s first home
run of the season and Bohlen scoring for the second time in Game
1 on a fielder’s choice
by Joe Mack.
Bohlen went 3-for-5, scoring twice, while McDole was
2-for-4 on the contest. However, the game was marred by miscues
as each team committed four
Sean Munninghoff (0-1) took the loss in the start for the
Norse, striking out three and walking two in four innings of work.
Braeckel and Jay Hale combined to allow just one earned run between
them. Ryan Hendrickson (1-0) struck out seven in the victory, while
Corbin Ariail pitched 4 2/3 innings to record his first save of
Game 2 saw the Norse get off on to a strong start, jumping
out to a two-run lead after Jack Ambrose and Jake Morris each claimed
RBI singles in the top of the second inning. The Eagles answered
in the bottom half of the frame on the shoulders of a pair of NKU
touched NKU’s Brandon Slusher for his
first home run of the season to take the lead back in the third
the Eagles figured out the junior in the fourth, opening the inning
with three straight base hits, knocking Slusher out of the game.
Carson-Newman would score five runs in the fourth to break things
The Norse looked to come back in the top of the seventh, starting
things off with an infield single by Shannon McCormick. Morris
followed with a double to left, giving Robby Liller a chance
to drive in his first run of the season on a groundout. Bohlen
suit with an RBI-single to left, making way for McDole, who slapped
an RBI-double to center to cut the lead to three.
With the Eagles
on the ropes, Kevin Dusold stepped up looking to close the gap
even further, but reliever D.J. Ferguson induced
a groundout to short to end the game.
Slusher (0-1) took the
loss in relief of Ryan Schmidt, who pitched two innings, giving
up a pair of unearned runs and
four. Kevin Jordan, Andy Heston and Brian Weis each gave
an inning of work for the Norse.
a 2-for-3 game with a run scored and an RBI. Bohlen had a
at the plate,
going 5-for-9 in
an RBI and three
In an unfortunate reprise from Game 1, the Norse committed
five errors in Game 2, the most since April 22, 2007, when
had five errors in a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside.
Higdon (2-0) struck out seven and walked one in five innings
for the win, while Ferguson saved his first
of the season.
Northern Kentucky (0-2) will wrap up the
series with Carson-Newman (6-3) with a single game on Sunday.
First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.