Muth (2) turns a double play in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader
By Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
1 box score | Game 2 box score
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - A clutch pinch-hit RBI-single by Jason Cisper
helped the Northern Kentucky University baseball team salvage a split
in Tuesday's doubleheader against Urbana. The Norse took Game 2 by
a 3-1 score after dropping a 2-1 decision in 11 innings.
Cisper drove in Brian Erie, who singled on a shot back up the middle
off Urbana pitcher Troy Mercer and reached second on a throwing error,
to knot the score at one. Evan McDole gave the Norse the lead later
in the inning on a sacrifice fly to score Pat Muth.
Back-to-back doubles by Jack Ambrose and Shannon McCormick gave the
Norse a two-run cushion to which the Blue Knights could not respond.
Brandon Slusher (1-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run
on five hits while striking out two in the win. Andy Heston fanned
two batters in the final four outs to record his first collegiate
save. Erie and Ambrose each went 2-for-3 from the plate.
The win was a bright spot after the Norse (15-10) stranded 14 runners
in Game 1's 2-1 loss.
The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, with Jordan Baker for
Urbana and Kevin Dusold for NKU each driving in runs on singles.
The Norse had several chances in the late stages of the game, leaving
the bases loaded in the seventh and ninth innings.
The Blue Knights took the lead in the 11th inning when Matt Netherly
struck out but reached first base when the third strike was dropped
and the throw to first missed the mark and sailed up the line, allowing
Andrew Harrell to score.
Brett Hofmann's two-out double in the bottom of the 11th gave the
Norse a chance, but Evan McDole fouled out to end the game.
Matt Winterhalter (2-2) took the loss, striking out three in two
innings of relief. Hofmann and Muth each had a pair of hits in the
The Norse close out their 10-game home stand this weekend with a
four-game conference series against Wisconsin-Parkside. First pitch
on Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for noon.