By Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
1 box score | Game 2 box score
Mo. – The
Northern Kentucky University baseball team is still searching for
its first win in Great Lakes Valley Conference
play after dropping a pair of close games at cross-division foe Drury,
3-1 and 8-7.
R.J. Knese, as
he did in yesterday’s single game,
got the scoring started for Drury (11-8, 3-0 GLVC) in Game 1, with
a two-run single
to center field in the bottom of the third inning. NKU responded
in the fourth after Evan McDole hit a double to the wall in right
field. Walks to Kevin Dusold and Jack Ambrose loaded the bases
for Jason Cisper’s sacrifice fly to center field, scoring McDole
and cutting the lead to one.
The double was one of just two hits
the Norse would muster as the Panther pitching.
Joel Potts took
the run back in the sixth inning with an RBI-single to left to
score Dane Hughes for the final score.
Dave Middendorf (0-1) took
the loss for NKU, giving up eight hits and three runs while striking
out five in 5 2/3 innings
Chris Barratt (2-1) claimed the win in the start for Drury
with five walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Zane Montgomery
final two outs for his third save of the season.
struggled to start Game 2 for the Norse, surrendering four runs
to the Panthers without retiring a
batter to put
the Norse in an early hole. The Panthers would add another
Joe Rohlfing tripled and scored on a groundout by Tyler
NKU got a run back in third inning on a sacrifice fly by
Brett Hofmann to score Shannon McCormick. The Panthers
had an answer
in the bottom
half of the frame when Tyler Wright scored on a misplay
The Norse got their bats working in the fourth
inning, getting RBI-singles from Cisper, McCormick and Brian Erie
the deficit to two,
and claimed the lead in the fifth on RBI-doubles from
McDole and Cisper and a sacrifice fly by McCormick.
his second triple of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning
to spell the end of the day for pitcher
came in to relieve Slusher after his early struggles.
As soon as Rohlfing grounded out to score Knese and
it with a solo shot to left field.
single in the seventh was erased one batter later when
McDole lined into a double play, killing
Matt Winterhalter (2-1) took the loss in the blown
save, striking out one. Jordan struck out four in
5 1/3 innings
for the Norse.
Sam Pirtle (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings
of scoreless relief to claim the win for Drury, while Montgomery
a scoreless seventh
for his second save of the day and fourth of the
All nine NKU starters registered a hit in
the game, totaling 13 as a team. McDole, Cisper, Erie and
Jeff Bohlen each
Northern Kentucky (10-8, 0-3 GLVC) will
look to snap its three game skid and salvage a game
for a Sunday
matinee. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.