Northern Kentucky baseball avenged the series sweep that it suffered at UIC earlier in the season, taking the first game of its final home series in a 4-2 decision. The Norse advance to 14-38 overall and 12-16 in Horizon League action while the Flames dip to 24-21 (16-11 Horizon).
At the Plate
· NKU posted a 7-6 advantage in hits.
· Will Haueter went 2-for-3 for the Norse with a double and a grand slam, also drawing an intentional walk following his sixth-inning homer.
· Andrew Bacon, Jake Murray and Matt Jewell each had both a hit and a run in the contest.
On the Mound
· Sam Williams (5-8) pitched a strong 6.0 innings for the Norse, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out nine batters, the third-most batters fanned in his career, and issued just two walks.
· Joe Martin added 3.0 innings in relief and recorded his sixth save of the season. He allowed just two hits and struck out a pair of batters while walking none.
· UIC took an early lead as Williams and the defense quickly dispatched the Flames’ top-two batters, but a two-out RBI single through the left side from Alex Dee allowed Derrick Patrick to score from second.
· After Williams struck out UIC’s first two batters of the second inning swinging, the Flames used a walk and a single to set up for the final at-bat of the inning. Ryan Lin-Peistrub doubled to right center to drive David Becker in for a run, but the Norse prevented a third as Patrick was called out at home.
· NKU turned the tide in the bottom of the sixth as the Norse loaded the bases with no outs. Haueter swung on his first pitch and homered to center field for a grand slam, scoring Jewell, Bacon and Murray.
· The Norse loaded the bases in the seventh inning as well, but the Flames got out of the jam with a strikeout to end the frame.
· Haueter clubbed his 11th double of the season and the 57th of his career. He now sits one double behind Evan McDole (2007-10) on the all-time career doubles list.
· Haueter’s grand slam gave him his 123rd career RBI, putting him in a three-way time for 10th with Gary Flowerdew (1985-88) and Dan Logan (1984-87).
· Martin’s sixth save of the season puts him in a four-way tie on NKU’s all-time single-season list, matching Shaun Fausz (2001), Joe Renner (1990) and Steve Thomas (2005). He also recorded his ninth career save, good for eighth all-time.
· UIC’s Scott Ota and Ryan Hampe, who both rank in the top-three of the Horizon League in batting average, hits and RBI, were held to a combined 0-for-8 from the dish.
· The Norse return to Bill Aker Baseball Complex tomorrow as the series with the Flames continues. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
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Northern Kentucky University