Bombs away for UNK bats
The Nebraska-Kearney offense exploded for 26 runs, eight home runs and scored in seven of the eight innings they had an at-bat to beat Fort Hays State, 26-17, at Memorial Field.
Spotting the Tigers a three-run first inning, the Lopers answered with five in the home half of the frame, capped with a Dallas Schramm (3 of 5, four RBI, four runs) three-run home run, his seventh of the season.
The Lopers would trail 7-5 after the Tigers scored four runs in the 2nd inning and UNK was held without a run. At the end of three, it was still a two-run Tiger lead after both teams scored twice in the inning.
UNK broke it open in the fourth when they scored four runs, starting off with a Ty Roseberry (3 of 6, three RBI, three runs) hit a solo home run, his first of two on the day. Four batters later, Will Olson (4 of 5, four RBI, two runs) hit a two-run shot to make it 11-9 UNK.
Fort Hays State scored four more runs in the top of the fifth inning to reclaim the lead, 13-11, for the final time. The Lopers came out in the with three bombs, starting with a two-run blast from Alex Achtermann (3 of 5, three RBI, four runs). Roseberry made it back-to-back to give UNK a 14-13 lead and redshirt freshman Josh Robinson, who came on for Brett Young, went deep with the bases loaded for a grand slam. Robinson went 3 of 4 with 5 RBI and a couple runs scored.
A total of ten combined pitchers were used in the game with only Jared Bell of UNK (2.2) throwing more than 2.0 innings in the slug fest.
With the win, UNK improves to 12-3 at Memorial Field. The Lopers are tentatively scheduled for a three-game series versus Washburn, starting with a Friday double header at 9 a.m. and the series finale set for Sunday at a time to be announced.