After a tough weekend against Mesa, UNK baseball takes the win
After last weekend's three out of four losses to Mesa State, the UNK baseball team couldn’t wait to get back out on the field to take on Metro State College in Denver, Colo. this past weekend.
However, the Lopers had to put their anticipation on hold for an extra day as wintery conditions on I-80 prevented the team from making their scheduled Friday afternoon game.
Instead, the Lopers played double headers on Saturday and Sunday against Mesa State, and the key series between two of the best teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference was won by the Lopers.
The Lopers swept Metro on Saturday and split on Sunday to take three out of four wins.
Senior second baseman and leadoff hitter Jordan Mitchelhill, got the weekend off to a fast start by hitting a homerun on the sixth pitch of the game off Metro’s starting pitcher, Bradshaw Perry.
The Lopers scored one more in the inning with a RBI single by senior centerfielder, Jason Trulin.
Metro responded with two runs of their own in the second half of the first inning with three consecutive singles. The Lopers escaped the inning with a double play.
That put UNK out to a 4-2 lead in the second inning.
However, the Lopers entered the sixth inning with an 8-4 deficit.
In the fifth, Metro collected five hits including three single runs, a double run and a triple run. Senior pitcher Mike Loseke came on as a relief pitcher off of starter Todd Stachura to record the final out of the fifth.
Loseke shut down Metro for the next three innings, surrendering just four hits and giving up no runs, allowing the Loper offense to get back into the game.
“In that situation I just wanted to try and limit the damage and keep the game as close as possible. Thankfully we came back and got the win,” Loseke said.
The Lopers collected five runs in the last three innings to comeback and steal a game victory.
Trailing 8-7 in the top of the ninth, the first three batters got on base from two walks and a hit by pitch. With the bases loaded, another walk brought the Lopers to tie the game.
Haake then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score the winning run. This put Loseke in line for the win, his fifth of the year. Senior pitcher, Jake Kresse, pitched the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
The Lopers rolled in game two, wining 13-5 with the help of a two hit, five RBI performance from senior catcher Felix Segovia. Segovia hit a three run homer in the sixth inning that put the game away for good.
“I was up in a big situation with runners in scoring position, and I just wanted to have a productive at bat. Fortunately, I got a good piece of it and it carried over the wall,” Segovia said.
On Sunday, the Lopers dropped game one by a score of 19-5, but rallied back to take the series in game four with a 12-2 victory.
Junior Mike Nowak was starting pitcher and limited Metro to just two unearned runs on two hits while striking out eight.
The Lopers will take on Colorado Christian this weekend at home and look to improve their RMAC best 23-11 record.