Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
1 box score | Game 2 box score
INDIANAPOLIS – Sean Munninghoff’s three-hit shutout helped the Northern Kentucky University baseball team to a doubleheader split with Indianapolis on Saturday.
The split gave the Norse a 10-4 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division to go with a 21-16 overall record.
NKU picked up a 5-0 win in Game 1 as Munninghoff (4-1) gave his first career nine-inning shutout performance, striking out two Greyhounds and walking just one while inducing 21 ground-ball outs in the contest, 11 of those to shortstop Jake Morris.
The Norse got the only run they would need in the third inning when Jason Cisper walked to lead off the frame. Pat Muth sacrificed himself to move Cisper to second for Evan McDole, who lined the first of his two singles on the day into center field to bring in the run for the early lead.
Cisper would help manufacture another run in the fifth inning, shooting a lead off single to center field, his first of two hits on the day. Muth once again laid down the sacrifice bunt before McDole grounded out to move Cisper to third base, where the senior would score on a wild pitch.
Jeff Bohlen broke the game open in the eighth inning with a two-run double to left field to plate Jack Ambrose and Brett Hofmann. Bohlen would score later in the inning when Jake Morris reached base on a wild throw by Indianapolis shortstop Adam Rusche.
After NKU’s decisive win, however, the Greyhounds (26-13, 8-2 GLVC East) recollected themselves to take a 3-2 decision in the nightcap.
Indianapolis scored the first two runs of the game in the first inning without benefit of an RBI, plating the first on a double-play ball and the second on a misplay. The Greyhounds got another in the sixth inning when Travis Capps led off the frame with a triple and scored on Scott Lawley’s RBI-single.
The Norse had their chance in the seventh inning when the Greyhound pitching staff opened the inning with three walks. After Muth flied out to center field, McDole drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in NKU’s first run of the game. Dusold followed with a soft liner that Lawley couldn’t handle at first grasp, but he was able to collect for a force out at second base, allowing Brian Erie to score before Hofmann grounded out to second base to end the game.
Dave Middendorf (1-3) took the loss, striking out seven batters while giving up three runs on four hits in five innings of work. Matt Winterhalter pitched the sixth in relief, getting one strikeout.
NKU and Indianapolis will conclude their four-game series on Easter Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.