UNK sweeps Minot State in double-header
Kearney, Neb. – Junior left handers Evan Hill and Josh Cooper combined for 14 strikeouts and the Nebraska-Kearney baseball team racked up 30 hits to sweep a double header from Minot State, 15-0 (7 innings) and 10-9, Saturday evening at Memorial Field.
With the victories, the Lopers (9-10) take the non-conference series from the Beavers (2-7). The two teams are supposed to play the finale Sunday at noon but cold temperatures and strong winds may cancel things. The teams will decide at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Today, the winds were blowing strong from left to right field and caused more than a few balls to go over the fence for a home run or make fielders work extra hard for the out.
In game one, however, MSU couldn’t touch Hill (2-1). He threw a one-hit complete game (seven innings) shut out, fanning eight and walking two. Allowing just a leadoff double to right center in the third, Hill threw 92 pitches and struck out seven different Beavers.
Offensively, UNK managed 15 hits and erupted for four in the fourth and seven in the fifth. Seniors Dallas Schramm (Millard North) and Scott Platt (Longmont, Colo.), junior Alex Achertmann (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Ty Roseberry (Kearney) each hit a homer with nine different Lopers getting into the hit column.
Schramm (3 for 5, three runs) and Roseberry (3 for 4, two runs) each knocked in three runs with Achtermann (2 for 5, two runs) and Platt (2 for 2, two runs) having two RBI’s a piece.
In the night cap, the Lopers scored six unanswered runs to erase a 7-4 deficit. Cooper (2-0) held the Beavers in check in the middle innings by allowing one earned run over 5.1 innings. He fanned seven and worked around six walks as MSU left 12 runners on base. UNK, drawing six walks in the game and getting plunked three times, stranded 10.
The Lopers put four on the board in the fifth to grab a 9-7 lead. The long half inning featured four hits, two walks, one hit batter and a balk. Sophomore catcher Tyler Mestl (2 for 5, two runs and two RBI’s) had a run scoring double to right with sophomore Calvin Rudolph (2 for 4, one run) bringing home a run with a single to right.
Finally, junior Eric Sandoz (Austin, Texas) picked up his second save in as many days as he pitched the last 1.1 innings. While MSU hit a two-run homer in the ninth, Sandoz got a ground out to first and a strikeout to end the long day.
Achertmann (2 for 4, three runs) and junior center fielder Brandon Hernandez ( 2 for 5) joined Metl (Kearney) and Rudolph (Millard South) as Lopers to have multi-hit efforts.
Courtesy; UNK Sports Information