NKU Norse hangs on for 9-8 win over Youngstown State

Courtesy of NKUNorse.com

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Tito Montgomery went 3-for-4 with three RBI on Friday to lead the Northern Kentucky University baseball team to a 9-8 victory over Youngstown State in Horizon League action at Eastwood Field.

With the win, NKU improves to 13-20 overall and 3-10 in the Horizon League while YSU dips to 6-20 and 1-8 in League play.

Aric Harris earned his first save this season after striking out four in 2.0 innings pitched to seal the win.

Logan Spurlin joined Montgomery in leading the Norse offense, going 3-for-5 at the plate, while Kyle Colletta and Conor Ledger each added a pair of RBI.

The Penguins took a brief 5-2 advantage in the bottom of the third, but a four-run fourth inning gave NKU a lead it would not relinquish throughout the remainder of the contest.

Mike Moffatt led off the fourth inning with a single for the first of three hits in the frame. Colletta laced a two-run single to left to plate Moffatt and Dominic Mercurio.

Ledger pushed Ty Amann across the plate on a groundout, followed by a Montgomery RBI single to score Colletta for a 6-5 Norse lead.

Both teams scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to keep it close, but RBI singles from Heady and Mercurio combined with a Ledger home run gave the Norse enough offense to close out the win.

The Norse look for their first Horizon League series win on Saturday at Eastwood Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

NORSE NOTES:

  • Montgomery, a junior outfielder, has batted 8-for-14 with seven RBI across the last five games.
  • NKU and YSU ended the game tied with 14 total hits apiece. Eight of NKU’s 14 hits came with two outs as the Norse batted .500 with two away on Friday.
  • Spurlin has safely reached base in 17-straight games, the longest streak for an NKU player this season. The senior has reached base in all but four of his 29 games played.

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