April 6, 2013

Baseball wins fourth straight with 8-3 victory at Chicago State

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

CHICAGO – Three crooked innings lifted the Northern Colorado Baseball team past Chicago State on Saturday evening at Les Miller Field as the Bears won 8-3.

The Bears (11-13, 2-0 Great West) amassed 14 hits in the game, including four by junior first baseman Colby Harrison (Cheyenne, Wyo.) as the team remains undefeated in Great West action.

Senior centerfielder Dylan Banach (Westminster, Colo.), sophomore Jensen Park (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) and sophomore third baseman Joe Love (Danville, Calif.) each added two hits in the win.

Junior right-hander Chris Hammer (Greeley) picked up his second win of the week, throwing the middle four innings. He didn't give up a single hit, walking three and striking out seven. He came in for sophomore Matt Loutzenhiser (Parker, Colo.) started on the hill for the Bears. He pitched three frames, allowing one earned run on four hits, walking one and striking out one.

Sophomore Eian Raeber (Hanford, Calif.) threw the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout.

The Cougars (3-18, 0-2 GWC) and Bears conclude the series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 9 am (Mountain) on the UIC campus.

Chicago State took the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the second, thanks in part to a Bears error.

Banach led off the third by getting plunked in the middle of his back. Sophomore Ryan Yamane (Honolulu, Hawai'i) reached on a weird play where it appeared the umpire shielded the shortstop from seeing a routine ground ball back up the middle and junior Nick Miller (Loveland, Colo.) tied the score with a triple that missed being a home run by about two feet as it rebounded off the top of the wall in right field.

The Bears took the lead in the top of the fourth. Love singled on an extremely high pop fly to the infield that looked like it might be out of play and the wind blew it back into the field. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third on a passed ball. Love came around to score on a ground out by Harrison.

Hammer retired the side in order in both the fourth and the sixth innings.

Love hit a Texas-leaguer down the right field line with one out in the sixth and scored when Harrison doubled to left center. Junior Landon Moseley (Lawrence, Kan.) followed with a single to left and moved to third on a throwing error by the pitcher on a pickoff attempt. He scored on a single off the bat of Banach.

Park singled to left field to start the ninth inning and moved to second on a balk. Senior Brooks Schneider (Longmont, Colo.) pinch hit and cleared the centerfield wall for his second homer of the year, this one going approximately 405 feet.

The Cougars added one in the bottom of the ninth on a pinch hit home run by William Munoz for the 8-3 final.