Cisper (3) welcomes Max Colaner (7) after scoring the winning
run in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against Quincy.
By Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Strong
pitching performances and clutch hitting drove the Northern Kentucky
University baseball team to its
first wins of the season, sweeping a doubleheader against Quincy
by identical 3-2 scores.
After a pair of costly throwing errors gave the Hawks their first
run in the top of the second inning, Jake Morris responded with an
RBI-single in the bottom of the frame to score Jack Ambrose, who
had singled to open the inning. Brandon England put Quincy back on
top in the fourth, driving in Adam Cunningham with an RBI-single.
Evan McDole provided the difference-maker in the fifth inning, belting
a two-out, two-run home run to put the Norse up for good. Kevin Jordan
and Matt Winterhalter combined to hold Quincy scoreless in the game’s
final two innings.
Jordan (1-0) got the win pitching two innings in relief of Sean Munninghoff,
who struck out three in the start. Winterhalter’s three-strikeout,
two-walk inning was good enough for his first save of the season.
Game 2 saw the Norse jump out to a first-inning lead, with Joe Mack
picking up an RBI on an odd sacrifice fly to first base, scoring
Brett Hoffman, and Ambrose singling in McDole. The Hawks came back
with one swing of the bat as England pushed a ball to right field
and let the wind carry it over the wall for his first long ball of
Neither team could gain an advantage until extra innings, when the
Norse led off the eighth with a double off the wall in left field
by Max Colaner that missed ending the game by about 10 feet. After
Ambrose took a free pass Kevin Dusold drove a ball to left center
field that England was able to track down. Pat Muth then came up
with a winner, driving a 2-1 pitch over Kory Coe’s head in
left field to score Colaner and give the Norse the win.
Winterhalter (1-0), who, again, came in relief of Jordan in the seventh,
got the win, pitching two innings without allowing a hit as the Norse
used five pitchers in the victory. Jared Fisher (1-1) took the loss
NKU improves to 2-3 on the season, while Quincy falls to 3-5. The
two teams will wrap up the four-game series with a doubleheader on
Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
SCHEDULE NOTE: NKU’s doubleheader against Tiffin has been rescheduled
for Tuesday, March 3, at 1 p.m. Fans without parking permits should
plan on using Lot S (gravel lot) or the lot at Grein Softball Field