Kutzke pitches complete game win; Rams split against Finlandia

Kutzke pitches complete game win; Rams split against Finlandia

COON RAPIDS, Minn. – North Central University baseball wrapped up three straight days of doubleheader action, and second day in a row versus Finlandia University. Another beautiful spring day produced good baseball from each team. The Rams won game one 7-3, behind strong pitching and at-bats. The Lions took game two 9-0 with a strong effort from the mound.

Jonathan Kutzke started at pitcher in game one for NCU, and threw a complete game for his first win of the season. Kutzke allowed three runs on six hits, one walk and struck out five.

The Lions started fast and made it look like a long game was in store for the home team. They scored three runs on three hits. The Rams responded well when Bryce Riege got North Central on the board with a two RBI single that brought Blazsen Ferreira and Taylor Justice home. Jared High hit for his first RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Riege and tying the game.

Kutzke would settle in on the mound and only allow three more hits and no runs the rest of the way. In the bottom of the second, the blue and gold scored two more runs to take the lead. After a leadoff hit by pitch, Noah Harvey stole second, and advanced to third on a single from Eli Valder. During the next at-bat with Robert Donohoe up, Valder would steal second and advance to third on the throw when Harvey would steal home on the same play. Still at the plate, Donohoe brought Valder home on sacrifice fly to center field, extending the lead 5-3.

The Rams would add two more insurance runs. High hit a single RBI in the third, and Donohoe would receive his second RBI on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Game 2 of the day would not end as well as the first. Lions starting pitcher, Joey Krug, had the upper hand on North Central batters, as he would go on to pitch a complete game no hitter.

Next up for North Central University (4-19, 2-6 UMAC) is a road trip to conference opponent Northland College (4-14, 1-3) UMAC for a mid-week doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 PM at Lumberjack Field in Ashland, Wis.