Norse conquer UM-St. Louis


ST. LOUIS – Matt Jones went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the second game April 16 to lead the Northern Kentucky University baseball team to a 9-5 win over Missouri-St. Louis and a sweep of the doubleheader.

Alex Frank added three hits and two runs batted in for NKU, which improved to 19-16 overall, 11-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse also took over sole possession of third place in the GLVC standings with the sweep.

Kory Lonergan added three runs for the Norse, who scored three times in the fourth inning to snap a 3-3 tie. Conor McGeehan and Matt Wagers each collected three hits for NKU, while starting pitcher Kevin Quick scattered six hits and allowed just two earned runs in eighth innings on the mound to pick up the victory.

In the opener, Jones scored two runs and had two RBI as NKU posted an 8-3 win. Josh Moulton was 2-for-3 and scored twice, while Jason Nintrup added two runs.

Moulton sparked a three-run seventh inning with an RBI triple, and he later scored on a Missouri-St. Louis error.

Matt Marksbury upped his record to 4-3 with the complete-game victory. Marksbury allowed just four hits and three runs while striking out four. Missouri-St. Louis struck for all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, cutting NKU’s lead to 5-3.

Marksbury, however, retired the Rivermen in order in the seventh inning to seal the win. He struck out Mark Sanders to end the game.

In the doubleheader April 17, Conor McGeehan snapped a 3-3 tie with a three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Northern Kentucky University baseball team defeated Missouri-St. Louis, 7-3, to complete a four-game series sweep of the Rivermen.

McGeehan’s three-run blast to left field off Missouri-St. Louis starter Mike Lantzy gave NKU a 6-3 lead. The Norse added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to seal the four-game road sweep.

Keith Jackson went 3-for-4 and scored two runs as NKU improved to 21-16 overall, 13-7 in the GLVC. The Norse are in sole possession of third place in the GLVC standings.

Shane Gordon pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to record the victory. NKU closer Steve Thomas finished off the Rivermen in the ninth and struck out two batters.

Kory Lonergan had two hits and two stolen bases as NKU sent Missouri-St. Louis (14-19 overall, 6-16 GLVC) to its seventh consecutive loss.

In the opener, Derrik Moeves struck out nine batters as NKU posted a 7-1 victory. Moeves scattered seven hits and walked two in six innings to improve to 4-3 this spring.

Lonergan went 3-for-4 for the Norse, while McGeehan was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. NKU broke open a close game in the sixth inning with a four-run outburst. Lonergan had a run-scoring single in the sixth inning as the Norse iced the victory in the first game.

The Norse resume GLVC play at 1 p.m. April 20 when Indianapolis visits the Bill Aker Baseball Complex at Friendship Field for a doubleheader.

NKU will also be at home for a four-game series with Kentucky Wesleyan, beginning with a noon doubleheader April 23.

*Article by Sports Information