Norse steal one of two

The Northern Kentucky University men’s baseball team picked up one win in a double-header against the Mount St. Joseph Pumas April 5.

The win brings the Norse to 22-11 overall, and 14-11 — second place, East Division — in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The first game the Norse were led by catcher Brian Erie (.453), who went 3-3 at the plate. He was followed by left-fielder Jason Cisper (.500), who went 2-4, with one run batted in. Cisper leads the team in batting average.

The Norse jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, when Cisper doubled to right center and was knocked in by Bryan Rose. Rose was knocked in by Evan Mcdole on a sacrifice groundout.

The Norse tacked on another run in the third, but the Pumas exploded with four runs on five hits. The Norse regained the lead in the sixth with two runs on two hits. However, the Pumas tied the game at five in the seventh, then bashed out another four runs in the eighth to seal the victory over the Norse 9-7.

On the mound, Ed Schlueter picked up the win for the Pumas and Kevin Jordan accepted the loss for the Norse.

In the second game, the Norse were led at the plate by second baseman Pat Muth (.360), who went two-four.

The Norse took the lead in the first with two runs on three hits and two errors. Bryan Rose led off the inning with a single, then stole second. Rose then advanced to third on a Pat Muth single.The first run came when Rose scored on a throwing error. After Muth was caught stealing, Jason Cisper singled, then stole second. Cisper was sent to third on a walk and the Norse were able to capitalize on two Puma errors.

The Pumas tied the game in the fifth with two runs on two hits. However, the Norse regained the lead in the sixth and never looked back. The winning run came on a sacrifice single to left field by Shannon McCormick.

Jay Hale (1-1) picked up the win for the Norse.

The Norse next take the field April 7 against Wilmington, Ohio, at NKU.

Story by Mark Payne