April 7, 2013

Baseball splits Sunday doubleheader at Chicago State


CHICAGO -- Northern Colorado Baseball split a doubleheader with Chicago State on Sunday to win three of four games against the Cougars this weekend at UIC's Les Miller Field. 

The Bears lost the first game 7-4 in seven innings before bouncing back to win the finale 5-1.

The Bears (12-14, 3-1 Great West) won three of the four games from the Cougars (4-18, 1-3 GWC) on opening weekend in the Great West.

Junior first baseman Colby Harrison (Cheyenne, Wyo.) went 5-for-8 in the two games for Northern Colorado (12-14, 3-1 Great West), getting a double and two runs scored, and sophomore Joe Love (Danville, Calif.) had four of the team's nine RBIs.

Junior pitcher Nick Miller (Loveland, Colo.) held down the Cougars (4-18, 1-3) with a complete game in the second contest, allowing just one run on six hits. He walked three and struck out seven.

Sophomore Jensen Park (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) had three hits, including one in the second game, to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games.

The Bears will next host a nonconference, midweek game against Metro State at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson Field. 

Harrison did everything he could to get the Bears the win, going 4-for-4 at the plate, while Park was 2-for-4. Miller scored two of the team's four runs and Love had three RBI.

Chicago State broke onto the scoreboard first with one run in the bottom of the first off two hits and added four runs in the second for the 5-0 advantage.

Miller was hit by a pitch in the lower leg and moved to third on a single off the right field fence by Harrison. Love hit a ball that the third baseman misfielded for the team's first run. Harrison came around to score on a single to right center by sophomore Bryan Tibbitts (Westminster, Colo.) to make the score 5-2.

The Cougars scored two more runs in the fifth on three hits with two Northern Colorado errors for the 7-2 score.

Miller started the sixth with a single to right and Harrison doubled to right center for his third hit of the morning. Miller scored on a groundout off the bat of Love for the 7-3 tally.

Park singled to right field with one out in the seventh. Harrison singled to right and Love singled to center to plate Park. Tibbitts was hit by a pitch to load the bases and the Cougars brought their right fielder, Aveeno Nasiloski in to pitch with two outs in the final inning. He got senior Harrison Lambert (Lenexa, Kan.) to fly out to center to end the game.

The Bears exploded for four runs in the ninth inning off five hits after only getting one hit in the first eight innings of the game.

All six hits were by six different players, while sophomore Ryan Yamane (Honolulu, Hawai'i) had two of the five RBI.

Miller then came out revitalized in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the Cougars in order for his third win of the year (3-3).

Once again, the Cougars struck first, scoring one in the first inning.

Chicago State employed a big shift on the left-handed hitters during the doubleheader and Miller hit right into it, but the second baseman, who was playing in shallow right field, overthrew first base. He moved to second on a balk and third on a groundout by Lambert. Love was hit in the shoulder by a pitch and Netzel walked to load the bases. On an 0-2 pitch, Moseley was hit by a pitch for an RBI to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the sixth, Yamane walked to start things and Park bunted into no-man's land right of the mound for a single – the first hit of the game for the Bears, but they couldn't capitalize.

In the ninth with one out, Harrison singled back up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch. Lambert singled to left center to give the Bears the 2-1 advantage. Love laced a ball to left center for a double to score Lambert. Cashel singled on a pop up to center and Banach was hit to load the bases. Yamane singled to right on a rope past the first baseman to score two and give the Bears the 5-1 win.