The Northern Kentucky University baseball team closed its weekend series against Youngstown State with a 12-5 win over the Penguins. NKU moves to 5-16 on the year and 2-4 in the Horizon League. The Penguins are now 4-17 overall and 3-3 in the league.
AT THE PLATE
Andrew Bacon went 3-for-6 in the contest with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Griffin Doersching was 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.
Preston Pilat went 2-for-5 in the contest with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Collin Hohman was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, a run scored and two walks.
ON THE MOUND
Brody Basilone got the start on the mound for NKU.
Jordan Menfee came out of the bullpen and pitched two scoreless innings.
Travis Rowland pitched 0.2 scoreless innings.
Joe Martin earned the win on the mound, and he did not allow a hit over the final 2.1 innings.
Youngstown State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Nick Caruso’s single allowed Drew Dickerson to score in the inning.
The Norse responded by scoring three runs in the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, Chad Roberts hit a double down the right field line to score Hohman and Pilat. Later in the inning, Will Haueter reached on an error, and Bacon scored on the play to give the Norse a 3-1 lead.
The Penguins scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Caruso hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Dickerson to cross the plate to make the score 3-2. YSU loaded the bases later in the inning, and Jeff Wehler hit a three-run double to put the Penguins ahead 5-3.
Doersching led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field to make the score 5-4.
The Norse took the lead in the top of the eighth. With the bases loaded, Hohman walked to tie the game at 5-5. In the next at bat, Bacon reached on an error, which allowed Mike Moffatt to score to give NKU a 6-5 lead.
NKU added six runs in the top of the ninth inning. Moffatt reached base in the inning on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder, which allowed Richmond to score. Pilat singled in the next at bat to give Moffatt and Cameron Ross the opportunity to score. Hohman hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning, so that Dominic Mercurio could cross the plate. Bacon followed in the next at bat with a two-run homer to left center to give the Norse the 12-5 victory.
Bacon’s home run was the first of his collegiate career.
Youngstown State had 12 hits in the contest, and NKU had 11.
The Penguins committed four errors in the game, and the Norse had one.
Each team stranded nine runners on base.
NKU will host Rio Grande on Tuesday at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant