By Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
Game 1 box score | Game 2 box score
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University baseball team put the exclamation point on their 2009 Great Lakes Valley Conference season with a pair of victories over Kentucky Wesleyan to take a four-game sweep in the weekend series.
NKU took Game 1 by a 9-3 score before securing a 13-1 victory in the nightcap.
Evan McDole drove in NKU’s first two runs of the game, grounding out in the first inning to plate Jason Cisper and smacking an RBI-double in the third to score Pat Muth.
The Norse plated three more in the sixth to widen the gap, keyed by a Brian Erie RBI-double. Kentucky Wesleyan (13-38, 6-14 GLVC East) got a run in on a single by Brandon Pendergraft to cut the edge to 5-2 in the bottom half of the inning, giving way to Matt Winterhalter, who induced the groundout to end the threat.
NKU got four more runs in the top of the seventh, with McDole capping a 2-for-4 game with a lead off home run, his 15th of the season. Joe Mack, Shannon McCormick and Jake Morris all drove in runs in the frame.
Jarrett Casey (3-4) got the win, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings of work. Winterhalter picked up his seventh save of the season.
Game 2 saw Ryan Schmidt strike out nine Panther batters en route to a 12-run victory.
Jeff Bohlen set the tone in the second inning, belting out his second home run of the season. Muth got in the action with an RBI-double in the third while Jeff Dektas singled in a run in the fourth.
The Norse broke the game open in the sixth, plating six runs on seven hits, including a two-run double by Dektas followed by RBI hits by Jason Cisper, Muth, McDole and Dusold. NKU got four more in the seventh before the game ended on the 10-run rule.
Schmidt (2-1) worked his first complete game of the season, allowing just four hits and one run.
The wins pushed NKU to 18-6 in the GLVC East and 34-18 overall. The Norse have completed their GLVC East schedule, and can capture at least a share of the divisional title if Indianapolis loses one or more games to Bellarmine this weekend.
NKU closes out the regular season next weekend in a four-game series against Missouri S&T. First pitch on Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for noon.