Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
1 box score | Game 2 box score
INDIANAPOLIS – Max Colaner’s RBI bunt single in the top of the ninth inning helped the Northern Kentucky University baseball team take a 3-2 win over Indianapolis in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Pat Muth was awarded first base on catcher’s interference to lead off the inning before stealing second. After Evan McDole drew a walk to follow Muth, both men executed a double steal to put the go-ahead run 90 feet away.
Joe Mack was intentionally walked in an attempt to take away the squeeze, but the situation didn’t faze NKU coach Todd Asalon, who put in Colaner to pinch hit for Jack Ambrose. The freshman didn’t fail to impress, pushing the bunt out of reach of the Greyhound defense to score Muth and give the Norse the 3-2 lead.
NKU’s Kevin Jordan, pitching in relief of starter Ryan Schmidt, gave up a single to open the bottom of the ninth before a sacrifice bunt pushed the tying run into scoring position. An infield single put runners at the corners and spelled the end of the day for Jordan, who made way for closer Matt Winterhalter. The senior only had to face one batter, inducing a double-play ground ball to end the game.
Jordan (4-1) got the win, pitching 2 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball, while Winterhalter earned his fourth save of the season.
The win was a bright spot after the Norse struggled in a 2-1 loss in Game 1.
Kevin Dusold’s solo homer in the top of the seventh inning was the only run the Norse could muster against UI’s Cory White (6-0), who allowed just three hits and struck out four. The bomb punctuated a 2-for-3 game and was Dusold’s sixth of the season.
Jarrett Casey (2-3) took the loss for the Norse, giving up a pair of runs on seven hits while striking out two batters.
The split pushed NKU to 11-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division, keeping pace with Indianapolis at 9-3. The Norse are 22-17 overall.
NKU returns home to open a five-game home stand on Wednesday, hosting UC Clermont in a single game. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.