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Lopers drop eighth straight

UNK pitcher Mitchell Robinson sets to deliver against Central Missouri on March 17, 2017 at Memorial Field (NTV News)

Central Missouri relied on their bats to get 16 hits and defeat Nebraska-Kearney, 12-2, Friday at Memorial Field.

UCM (16-4, 8-2) had two three-run innings, the first and fourth, and then scored a combined four runs between the seventh and ninth innings. Travis Stroup (4 for 5, three runs & four RBI's), batting cleanup, had a two-run shot in the sixth and a solo bomb in the eighth.

Mitchell Robinson (3-2) is charged with the loss for the Lopers, giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs in his 6.0 innings of work.

UNK (7-13, 0-7) countered with a two spot in the second that featured an RBI single off the bat of junior third baseman Brent Kirsch. However, Girrens (3-0), used an inning-ending strikeout to prevent more damage.

The Lopers, with six different players registering a hit, left the bases loaded in the eighth.

Junior right hander Clay Collison led UNK by throwing 2.0 innings of scoreless relief. He finished with three K's, no walks and gave up just one hit.

The series resumes Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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