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Crunch time: Can baseball emulate the women?

Nick Kayiatos

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Things looked bad at the beginning.

I mean bad.

A team can’t look much worse than the Norse did at the start the season. You can’t get much worse than a 0-and-6 to start.

However, since Todd Asalon collected victory No. 400 as a college baseball coach, the NKU baseball team has been on the offensive.

The weather had to have something to do with it. Multiple rainouts and a foot of snow at the start of spring break disrupted a dismal start for the Norse.

Then, much like last week’s weather did, the Norse seemed to turn it around. Oh-and-six was a thing of the past. The brutal start was in the rearview mirror, just like the foot of snow on spring break.

Now the Norse are in the midst of a hot streak, winning a dozen of their last 13. They are within a stone’s throw of having first place to themselves. Currently, they’re sitting in second after pulling ahead of Bellarmine, and trailing overall leader Southern Indiana by one game.

Of course, scoring a Bronx-Bomber-like 29 runs in the matter of a few hours helps. The Norse did just that last week, sweeping in-state rival Kentucky State in a double-header; moreover, they’ve scored in double digits 13 times this year.

Not only have the Norse been hitting on all cylinders offensively, but it seems that the pitching and defense have come around, save for Jon Back’s 12 errors on the year.

Sorry Jon. You’re due for some bad press, though.

Evan McDole returned after a three-week absence and was welcomed back with open arms. And why not? He not only leads the team in batting average, but slugging percentage as well.

After getting beaned by a pitch Saturday afternoon, McDole stole second and eventually scored after a single and sacrifice. By playing old-school small-ball, the Norse were well on their way to their 12th win in a row.

Oh-and-six is now a thing of the past, as the Norse took 3-of-4 against a tough conference opponent in Indianapolis. Twelve out of the last 13 isn’t too shabby.

And speaking of the conference, the GLVC has been especially kind to the Norse. Winning 15 of their first 19 conference games has helped reverse the rough months of February and March.

The stellar GLVC record, although, still has the team two games behind St. Joseph’s for first place in the GLVC East.

Despite the team’s success in recent games, in any sport, like with what we saw last month with the women’s basketball team, the optimal time to be playing your best ball is at the end of the season.

Soon we’ll find out if the baseball team is poised to finish strong and possibly win the GLVC Eastern Division. And hey, why not throw in a National Championship?

If the women can do it in basketball, then the men should be able to do it in baseball.

After all, when the women were at the point in the season that the baseball team is, their “chances” of winning a championship were about zero, the same as this team’s.

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