The Northern Kentucky University baseball team fell to Xavier on Tuesday afternoon by a final score of 14-3. Xavier moves to 18-34 on the year, and NKU drops to 14-35.
AT THE PLATE
Mike Moffatt went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Will Haueter was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
Chad Roberts went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Dominic Mercurio was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
ON THE MOUND
Jordan Menfee got the start and took the loss on the mound. He allowed eight runs on seven hits.
Kyle Service pitched 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing just three hits.
Gunnar Barnard held Xavier scoreless in the fourth inning.
Chris Barber came out of the bullpen to pitch two innings. He allowed two runs (both unearned) on two hits.
Andrew Sabrosky pitched two innings and gave up four runs on five hits.
NKU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With two outs in the frame, Mercurio singled to left field, and he scored on an RBI double by Roberts.
Xavier scored eight runs in the bottom of the first to go ahead 8-1. The Musketeers hit three home runs in the frame.
Xavier added two runs in the bottom of the sixth on Ryan Altenberger’s single to extend the lead to 10-1.
In the top of the seventh, Haueter hit a two-run homer to make the score 10-3. Moffatt scored on the play, as he singled earlier in the inning.
The Musketeers crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the eighth to take a 14-3 lead. Altenberger drove in two runs with a single, and he scored on an RBI groundout. In the next at-bat, Nate Soria hit a solo home run.
Haueter has reached base in 27-consecutive games. He also recorded his 18th multi-hit game of the season.
Mercurio is now on a nine-game hitting streak, which leads the team.
Xavier had 18 hits in the contest, and NKU had seven.
The Norse committed three errors, and the Musketeers had one.
NKU is set to play Wright State on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be played at Fifth Third Field, the home of the Dayton Dragons, a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant