Baseball 1, Mother Nature 1
By HEATHER KENNEDY
GREELEY – The Northern Colorado baseball team was able to get in one complete game of baseball Friday before snow rolled in and canceled the second game of its scheduled doubleheader against Nebraska Omaha at Jackson Field.
The Bears (6-11) won the seven-inning game against the Mavs 19-3 before calling it a day after Omaha led 2-0 through five innings of the second game. The Bears now have a week off from competition before hosting South Dakota State for a three-game series that begins at 3 p.m. Friday at Jackson Field.
Northern Colorado tripled its season home run total as both senior Ben Packard (Niwot, Colo.) and senior centerfielder Dylan Banach (Westminster, Colo.) hit three-run homers. Banach ended the game 3-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBI. Junior Ben Netzel (Loveland, Colo.) also went 3-for-4.
Senior Jake Johnson (Aurora, Colo.) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts, while junior Chad Kim (Lamita, Calif.) threw the final inning, allowing just one hit while fanning two.
The Bears scored their 19 runs on 18 hits and were benefitted by five Omaha errors. UNO scored three runs on eight hits with one NC miscue.
Banach led off the game with a walk and sophomore Ryan Yamane (Honolulu, Hawai'i) laid down a perfect bunt for the sacrifice. Sophomore Jensen Park (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) singled to third, junior Nick Miller (Loveland) followed with a single to centerfield for the first run of the game and Packard hit his first home run of the year over the left field fence for the 4-0 lead.
UNO got two of the runs back in the top of the second for the 4-2 score.
The second inning started the same way for the Bears, with junior Landon Moseley (Lawrence, Kan.) drawing a walk. Banach singled to centerfield and Yamane again put down a textbook bunt, getting the single to load the bases. With one out, Miller walked for an RBI and with two outs, senior Harrison Lambert (Lenexa, Kan.) roped a single between the short stop and third baseman to plate two more for a 7-2 tally.
Junior Joe Love (Danvielle, Calif.) singled to get things going in the third, but was erased on a fielder's choice off the bat of Moseley. Banach singled to right field and Yamane hit his third sacrifice of the game, this one a fly ball to left field to plate Moseley. Park singled past a diving short stop to score Banach and with Miller at the plate, Park stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher, Matt Tew, however he was stranded at third with the score 9-2.
The Mavs scored one more run in the top of the fourth to make the score 9-3, but the Bears again immediately answered. Packard singled to center and advanced to second on a fielding error. He moved to third on a flyout by Lambert and scored on a single by Netzel. Love also singled to set up a three-run homerun for Banach as the Bears built a 10-run lead, 13-3.
Junior Colby Harrison (Cheyenne, Wyo.) entered the game at first base in the top of the fifth to allow Miller to warm up his arm for game two and led off the bottom half of the inning with a four-pitch walk. Packard also walked and both moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. A groundout by Lambert scored Harrison and Netzel was hit in the shoulder. Junior Brooks Schneider (Longmont, Colo.), pinch hitting, drew a walk and an error by the second baseman on a ground ball by senior Tyler Yamamoto (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) scored Packard. A wild pitch plated another Bears run for the 17-3 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Harrison doubled down the right field line and sophomore Bryan Tibbitts (Westminster) singled to right to score Harrison. Junior Andrew Coffman (Davenport, Iowa), who came in to catch in the top of the inning, walked and Netzel followed with another single to right to load the bases. Schneider singled to right for another run and the 19-3 victory.