Baseball gets blowout win before storm rolls in
By HEATHER KENNEDY
GREELEY -- A rain and hail storm blew through the Greeley area Saturday, during the second inning of the second game between Northern Colorado Baseball and Texas-Pan American, and the game was postponed until noon tomorrow.
The Bears won the first game16-3 in seven innings Saturday at Jackson Field and will be ahead 1-0 in tomorrow's restart n the bottom of the second inning, with one out and runners on first and second. The teams will complete the third game of this four-game series and then play Game 4 about 30 minutes following.
All nine Northern Colorado position players reached base and scored at least once in the first-game victory. The Bears (23-22) did their damage on 16 hits and one UTPA error, while the Broncs' three runs came on seven hits.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan Yamane (Honolulu, Hawai'i) went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and one run scored for Northern Colorado, and fellow sophomore Jensen Park (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) also had three hits, going 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Mountain View High School teammates Nick Miller and Ben Netzel (Loveland, Colo.) had three RBIs apiece, and Netzel hit his first home run of the year.
Junior Josh Tinnon (Niwot, Colo.) continued to pitch well, improving to 5-2 this year with six complete innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and had one strikeout and no walks. Tinnon retired 11 straight Broncs from the end of the first until Ryan Goulding doubled in the fifth. It was the third time this season the didn't walk an opponent in a game.
Junior Lucas Corrick (Lakewood, Colo.) retired the side in order in the seventh and struck out one.
"I'm absolutely pleased with Josh," Northern Colorado coach Carl Iwasaki said. "He's a competitor, and he got the job done. He started off strong and ended up strong. Whether you're pitching with a one-run lead or a 15-run lead, it's a 0-0 ballgame on the hill."
Junior Landon Moseley (Lawrence, Kan.) walked to the start the third and advanced to second on a groundout. He scored on a single to right field by Miller to give the Bears the early lead.
The Bears exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning. It is the most runs scored in a frame this season and the most since the team posted 12 in the second inning against North Dakota on May 6, 2011.
With one out, senior Derek Baum (San Diego, Calif.) hit his first career home run, clearing the left-center wall. Senior Brooks Schneider (Longmont, Colo.) followed with a Texas-league single to left and Moseley drew his second walk of the game. Yamane singled back up the middle to score Schneider from second and a wild pitch plated Moseley. Park singled to left to knock out UTPA starter Dusten Knight. Miller kept things going with a double to left and junior Colby Harrison (Cheyenne, Wyo.) walked. Junior Andrew Coffman (Davenport, Iowa) doubled down the left field line and Netzel walked on four pitches. Back-to-back wild pitches, including one that went behind Baum, plated the eighth run of the frame and Baum ended up walking. Schneider walked to load the bases and with two outs, Yamane doubled to right center. Park singled past a diving short stop to score Moseley for the 11th run in the frame.
"Home runs are always exciting," Iwasaki said. "Derek Baum got a great start and everybody fed off that. We feed off each other and it steamrolled from there."
UTPA broke onto the scoreboard with one run in the top of the fifth off three straight hits, but Tinnon buckled down to get two consecutive groundouts and let his offense get back to work.
Harrison singled to left to start the bottom of the fifth, senior Tyler Yamamoto (Kaneohe) walked and Netzel hit his first home run of the year with a shot to center for three more runs and the 15-1 lead.
The Broncs scored two more runs on three hits in the sixth frame for 15-3 tally.
Senior Dylan Banach (Westminster, Colo.) was hit by a pitch and Yamamoto singled to right center. Netzel hit into a fielder's choice and senior Harrison Lambert (Lenexa, Kan.) singled to short for the team's 16th run of the afternoon.
Corrick came out and retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.
"That was our goal in game one: to continue," Iwasaki said. "We're not going to let up. We learned from last week when we were up 2-0 and we didn't put away our opponent."