---Jeff Bohlen is greeted at home plate after hitting a two-run homer, his first of the season, to put the Norse up 2-1 in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
By Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - When the offense comes fast and easy, it's not hard to take it for granted. Which made Jeff Bohlen's game-winning home run for Northern Kentucky University in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader against Saint Joseph's that much more special.
The two-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh inning catapulted the Norse to a 3-1 victory in Game 2.
Evan McDole, who had his 10-game hitting streak snapped in Game 1, singled to open the frame to set up Bohlen's tape-measure shot down the right-field line. It marked Bohlen's first long ball of the season and was just the fourth of six hits in the contest for the Norse.
The runs were in response to the Pumas' (14-11, 0-4 Great Lakes Valley Conference East) bases-loaded RBI-groundout in the second inning against Norse pitcher Jarrett Casey. It proved to be the only run Casey would surrender, scattering five hits and striking out 11 batters.
Brett Hofmann followed up Bohlen's homer with an RBI-double in the eighth inning to score Pat Muth and give the Norse the final result.
Kevin Jordan came on in relief and sat down six of the seven batters he faced to pick up the save.
The thrilling finish capped off a banner day as the Norse took a 7-3 win in the opener.
The Norse got three runs in the bottom of the second inning on the strength of a two-run single by Muth followed by an RBI-single from Hofmann. The Pumas responded with two runs in the top of the third on a single by Andrew Jesse.
Small-ball was the name of the game in the fourth inning for the Norse, starting with a leadoff single by Bohlen. Jason Cisper followed up with a bunt single, while Brian Erie loaded the bases when his sacrifice bunt attempt was misplayed by Saint Joseph's second baseman Nick Eyer. Muth claimed his third RBI of the game on a fielder's choice before Hofmann drove in another with a bunt single pushed past Pumas' pitcher Shane Zegarac. Muth and Hofmann manufactured one more run on a perfectly executed double-steal.
Muth, Hofmann and Jack Ambrose each claimed two-hit games, while Bohlen scored two runs in the contest.
Ryan Schmidt (1-1), working on a predetermined pitch count, took the win in 3 2/3 innings of work, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out two batters. Jordan went the rest of the way, taking four strikeouts to earn the save.
The wins pushed NKU to 14-9 overall and 4-0 in GLVC East play.
The Norse continue their 10-game home stand on Tuesday, hosting Urbana for a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.