Lopers Halt Mules
Lopers Split Serieswith MIAA King
Kearney, Neb. – Fremont junior Michael Hahn threw 5.2strong innings and six different players had an RBI to help Nebraska-Kearneydefeat Central Missouri, 8-2, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
The Lopers (15-8, 9-7) won the final two games to split theseries with the Mules (14-9, 11-5), a longtime MIAA and national powerhouse.
Scoring runs in each of the first three innings, Kearney sawHahn (2-1) fan three and blank UCM over the first five innings.
However, the Mules hit four balls – three singles and a sacfly – to right field to make it a 3-2 contest in the sixth. With two down andthe bases loaded, Gering senior Carlos Palomo managed to get a pop up to firstto stop the rally.
Getting a run back in the bottom of the inning, UNK saltedthings away by crossing home four times in the seventh. Senior DH JaykeBrock (2 for 4) capped a great weekend by hitting a two-run double to rightcenter to finish the scoring.
Juniors Max Ayoub (Grand Island), Brandon Landanger (KearneyH.S.) and Coby Roming (Canyon, Texas) had two hits a piece with Wyoming juniorAaron Smith earning a save by tossing 2.2 of scoreless relief.
UCM had runners at second and third with one down in theseventh but Smith came on to get a strikeout and line out.
The Lopers head to Emporia State next weekend.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information