McDole hit a pair of home runs and accounted for all three
runs driven in as the Norse dropped Game 1 to Wisconsin-Parkside,
Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
1 box score | Game 2 box score
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The
Northern Kentucky University baseball team suffered a setback today
in dropping a pair of key Great Lakes
Valley Conference divisional games against Wisconsin-Parkside. The
Rangers took Game 1 by a 6-3 score before winning the nightcap, 5-2.
Evan McDole was a monster for the Norse (17-12, 6-2 GLVC East) in
Game 1, hitting two home runs on the first three pitches he saw to
drive in all three runs for NKU in the game. The tide turned in the
fourth inning, however, when Parkside’s Dave Watson’s
RBI-single was followed by Kurt Wiegartz’s two-run triple to
give the Rangers (3-22, 3-5 GLVC East) their first lead of the day
Andy Heller gave the Rangers some insurance in the bottom of the
sixth with a two-run double. Nic Larson came in relief of UWP starter
Chris Hoffman to close the door in the seventh inning and pick up
his first save of the season. Eric Braeckel (0-1) pitched two innings
of relief, giving up three runs in the loss.
Game 2 was a story of opportunities squandered as the Norse stranded
eight runners on base, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning
of a 5-2 loss.
McDole got the scoring started for the Norse once again in the fourth
inning, singling to bring home Brett Hofmann, who had three hits,
including two doubles, to lead NKU in Game 2. Two RBI-singles and
a sacrifice fly gave Parkside an effective response in the bottom
half of the frame.
Max Colaner cut the two-run lead in half with an RBI-single in the
top of the fifth inning, scoring Jason Cisper, but the Rangers continued
to push the lead during their turn at-bat with RBI-singles from Robert
Belish and Brad Lierman.
The Norse looked for an answer, and had runners in scoring position
in each of the game’s final three innings, but failed to get
a run home.
Cisper and Shannon McCormick each came through with two-hit performances
on the game as the Norse scattered 10 hits across the game. On the
mound, Travis Klostermann (1-4) got the win, striking out four Norse,
while Larson got his second save of the day and of the season. Jarrett
Casey (1-2) took the loss, giving up five runs, two of them earned,
in five innings of work.
The Norse hit the road on Wednesday to take on GLVC West leader Southern
Indiana in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled
for 2 p.m.