Early Runs Doom Loper Hardball
Lopers Dig Hole TheyCan't Climb Out Of
Kearney, Neb. – Barrett Noirfalise and Matt Molburyeach drove in three runs to help Central Missouri hold off Nebraska-Kearney,11-7, Friday evening at Memorial Field.
The Mules (13-7, 10-3) have won five straight while theLopers (13-7, 7-6) see a four-game streak come to an end.
UCM tallied four in the first, one in the second and fourmore in the fourth to take a commanding lead. The Lopers did make thingsinteresting by putting a five spot on the board in the fifth but crossed homeplate just once over the final four innings.
In the UCM first, Molbury (2 for 4) hit a two out, two-rundouble to left center. He then took third on one of the Lopers four errors. Thefour-run Mule fourth featured five more hits with Noirfalise (2 for 5, threeruns) having an RBI base knock to center. He also moved up 90 feet after anerrant UNK throw.
Central Missouri finished with 14 hits, many going up themiddle. The did leave 12 runners on base and walked five Lopers.
Kearney got back into the contest by having five of its 12hits in the fifth. Also taking advantage of a walk and hit batter, junior DannyDroll (2 for 4, two runs) and freshman Josh Kiger (2 for 5) each deliveredtwo-run hits. However, three UCM relieves combined to allow one earned on fourhits over 4.1 innings. Andres Gimeno (1-1) earned the win by fanning three intwo full innings.
Leaving nine stranded on the base paths, UNK saw sophomoreright fielder Anthony Pacheco (Kearney Catholic H.S.) go 2 for 5 with Floridasenior Alex Sosa allowing no runs in 1.2 innings of relief work.
The two play a double header Saturday starting at noon.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information