LIBERTY, MO (NSUWolves.com) –
The Northern State University baseball team opened their 3-game series against William Jewell with a 12-5 win on Friday afternoon. The Wolves improve to 6-4 overall on the year, and take the 1-0 non-conference series lead over the Cardinals.
Northern scored first in the win with three runs on three hits in the top of the second. The NSU offense continued to roll notching four more runs in the third, and two runs in both the fifth and seventh. The Wolves held an 11-0 lead through the first 6.5 innings of play, however William Jewell put up five runs in the bottom of the seventh cutting into the NSU lead. Northern added some insurance in the top of the ninth with one run taking the 12-5 lead. The Wolves combined for 17 hits and 12 runs in the game, with seven players notching multiple hits.
Patrick Leary led the team at the plate going 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and one run scored. The Wolves junior notched a double, a triple, and two bunt singles on suicide squeeze plays. Ashton Williamson was second on the team going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Williamson entered the game with just one season hit, while Leary had yet to tally his first of the year.
Mikey Barreneche, Jack Schmidt, Ben Allen, Seth Sullwold, and Easton Lopez each tallied two hits in the win, combining for two extra base hits, seven runs scored, and four RBI. Barreneche and Schmidt each tallied triples as the Wolves knocked out a combined five extra base hits. Lucas Lorenz notched an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base, while Ben Carolin led the team with two stolen bases in one trip around the bases.
Nick Hoffard started on the mound for the Wolves throwing his first win of the 2017 season. The senior threw six scoreless innings, giving up just five Cardinal hits. He added four strikeouts and walked three, bringing his season record to 1-1 in 2017. Phil Sauer, Isaiah Greene, and Kris Johnson entered in relief with Greene and Johnson both holding the Cardinals scoreless as well. The Northern State defense played well giving up just one error in the nine innings of work and holding the Cardinals scoreless in six of the nine innings with runners on base.
The Northern State University baseball team, took the 2-0 series lead over William Jewell on Saturday afternoon with a 17-9 win on the road. The Wolves are now on a 3-game win streak, improving to 7-4 this season.
The Cardinals scored first in the bottom of the second with two runs off NSU starter Louie Carlos. The lead however did not last long, as the Wolves tied things at 2-all in the top of the next half inning. Ben Carolin kicked of the rally in the top of the third with a 2-out single to left. Tyler Gripentrog followed with a single of his own, advancing Carolin to second and leaving two runners on base for Jack Schmidt. Schmidt connected for a hard hit ball, scoring Carolin on contact and also plating Gripentrog on an error by the centerfielder.
William Jewell answered in the fourth with two runs of their own, but the Wolves were not done yet as they put of a 10-spot in the top of the fifth inning securing the lead and the win. Northern busted out ten runs on six hits in the inning with Patrick Leary, Zach Beatty, Carolin, Gripentrog, Schmidt, and Lucas Lorenz each stepping to the plate twice. Despite a 5-run rally by the Cardinals in the sixth and seventh, Northern lengthened their lead with five more runs in the final two innings.
Carolin, Schmidt, and Lorenz led the Northern State offense with three hits each in the win. Lorenz knocked out a team leading six RBI with two doubles and a triple, while Schmidt tallied three RBI and two runs scored. Carolin led the team with four runs scored, followed by Gripentrog with three, and Lorenz, Ben Allen, and Beatty with two each. Gripentrog, Beatty, and Seth Sullwold each record multiple hit games as well, with two on the day, while Allen rounded out the team total with a single in the fifth.
Carlos started on the hill for the Wolves, throwing 3.2 innings with four earned runs on six hits and two strikeouts. Thomas Sertic entered in the fourth, throwing 2.1 innings and recording his second win of the season. Sertic gave up just two runs on four hits. Sam Krapf, Nate Zeise, and Luke Chevalier entered, throwing the final three innings of relief. Chevalier notched a team leading three strikeouts, while Zeise held the Cardinals scoreless.
In the series finale with William Jewell College, the Northern State University baseball team fell 10-5. The Wolves however took the 2-1 series win, as they move to 7-5 overall this season heading into NSIC play.
Northern quickly was in the hole 8-0 after giving up two runs in the first and another six in the second inning. The Wolves battled back in the third and fourth with five runs, however it was not enough to gain the lead as the Cardinals added some insurance in the eighth.
Ben Allen led the NSU offense going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game. Four other Wolves tallied a hit apiece, as Northern notched five runs on six hits in the loss. Chris Gonzales and Zach Beatty each notched a single, while Lucas Lorenz tallied his sixth double of the season. Jack Schmidt led the team with two walks and three RBI after blasting his first homerun of the season to left field.
Rylan Shimer started for the Wolves throwing just 1.2 innings after giving up six earned runs on five hits. Luke Chevalier entered in relief throwing the middle innings of the game with a team leading three strikeouts. In 5.1 innings of work, Chevalier gave up three earned runs on eight hits. Isaiah Greene and Kris Johnson entered throwing the remainder of the eighth innings, while holding the Cardinals scoreless.
The Wolves will open the 2017 NSIC slate next Saturday and Sunday on the road at Upper Iowa University. First pitch is schedule for 12 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders each day.