COON RAPIDS, Minn. – The North Central University baseball team squared off against UMAC opponent Bethany Lutheran College for a mid-week doubleheader. With finals wrapping up on campus, the Rams hoped to gain success on the diamond. Unfortunately, they came up short on the scoreboard with losses of, 12-1 and 13-8 despite the strong hitting in game two.
Junior Brandon Scott found success at the plate with one big swing of the bat. In game two, during the bottom of the second inning down 5-1 and two outs, Scott walked to the plate with the bases loaded. Patiently awaiting the right pitch paid off when Scott crushed his first homer of the season over the left center field fence. The grand slam tied the game and added 4 RBI to his team lead, upping the count to 25 on the season. After going 1 for 4 in each game, Scott extended his hitting streak to a season long 14 games.
The offense kept churning in the third. After a single and a walk to start the inning, Sophomore Taylor Justice hit a 2 RBI triple down the line into the right field corner. Jared High and Grant Payne would score on the play. Eli Valder would bring Justice at the next at-bat with a RBI single. The Rams would miss another opportunity to score when Valder mistakenly did not touch home plate off a long single into left field from Cory Kukkola.
The Vikings would respond as their bats awoke in the top of the fourth. They generated three runs on four hits in the frame to tie the game at eight a side. The momentum had swung to BLC in the seventh as their bats connected for four hits adding five more to their score and taking the lead for good.
North Central did make progress from the first game to the second. NCU honed in at the plate, improved their contact, and went from five hits to 11, and strikeouts from 10 down to four. Sophomore Jared High broke up the shutout in game one in the bottom of the eighth, hitting a RBI double to left field that scored Scott.
Next up, the Rams (4-25, 2-12 UMAC) will close out their home schedule with an evening doubleheader against UMAC opponent Martin Luther (6-22, 2-12 UMAC) Thursday, May 4. This is the makeup games after weather postponement from last week, and is scheduled as a nonconference matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids, Minn.