Out of Bounds: Tough road for baseball

It’s amazing to think that even with the Final Four coming up this weekend and the end of spring training quickly approaching, that the Norse baseball team is already nearing the end of its season.

At the moment, the team is sitting in a second place tie in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division.

Within the next week it will face the three teams that keep it company atop the conference.

It starts with a doubleheader against GLVC West leader Southern Indiana, who has the best overall record in the entire conference at 20-8 (6-2 GLVC West), April 1.’ The Norse will then host GLVC East Division leader Bellarmine (20-10, 7-1 GLVC East) for a pair of double-dips April 4-5.

Then it won’t get any easier after that with a meeting with the conference’s best hitting team in Indianapolis scheduled April 10-11.

It’s a tough road to hoe ‘-‘ one that could determine how the end of the season will unfold.
And if you aren’t familiar with some of the guys who have helped NKU to its current five-games-over .500 record, then you’re about to be.

Let’s start with Jack Ambrose.

The senior transfer from Western Kentucky University and former Creeker ‘- that’s what we called Tates Creek High School graduates in my hometown of Lexington ‘- is torching pitches.’ Ambrose is leading the Norse offensive attack on the season with a .424 batting average and ranks second in the GLVC in the same category, among players who have seen enough at-bats to qualify.

Also providing a spark in the middle of the lineup is junior first-basemen and team captain Evan McDole, who leads the GLVC in homeruns with nine.’ The Bishop Brossart product is also fifth in total bases in the conference.

Leading the Norse on the bump has been junior left-hander Kevin Jordan.’ Of the 29-games played this year, Jordan has appeared in 18 without a loss and touts a tidy 2.02 earned run average.’ He remains among the conference leaders in innings pitched, so you know he certainly has the confidence of Todd Asalon.