The home opener has come and gone and after posting a 4-0 record, it was (ob)viously a good weekend. There were a lot of good things that happened over the weekend and it started and ended with the pitching, more specifically the starting pitching. Senior Mike Kloss set the tone for the weekend with a complete-game shutout in game one against Carroll University. Kloss allowed only three hits while striking out seven en route to an 8-0 win. Sophomore Tyler Herman followed suit with a complete-game shutout of his own. Herman allowed only five hits and only struck out two but the key stat for Tyler was he didn't allow a single base on balls. The offense got on the board early, scoring four runs in the first two innings and added another run in the sixth for the 5-0 victory. The defense sparkled all day not committing an error. There were many offensive stars on the day. The entire lineup contributed in both games so for all the details, check out the box scores for each game.
Game 1: NCC 8, Carroll 0...Box Score
Game 2: NCC 5, Carroll 0...Box Score
On Sunday, the pitching again started the day as the story. Dating back to the Cards last game in Florida, the pitching staff had compiled 15 straight scoreless innings heading into the double-header with UW-Superior. Junior Nate Arenson did his part to keep the streak going after he escaped several early Yellow Jacket scoring opportunities. Arenson kept the Jackets off the board for five innings until he ran out of gas with one out in the sixth. The scoreless innings streak ended at 20 1/3 after UW-Superior put a 5-spot on the board. Thankfully the offense built an 11-0 lead led by junior Michael Corrigan's 4-for-4, 6 RBI day, which included his second home run of the season.
Game two featured the Cards second comeback victory of the season. After spotting the Jackets a 4-0 lead due to some fielding miscues. The Jackets had a few miscues of their own which opened the door for three runs in the fifth to take an 8-5 lead. Senior Micah Yarbrough battled through five innings and kept us in it long enough to pick up his second win of the year. Senior Kevin Krajewski threw two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first of the year. Junior Matt Abraham added four hits to his team-leading total of 22 for a team-leading .537 average.
Game 1: NCC 11, UW-Superior 5...Box Score
Game 2: NCC 8, UW-Superior 0...Box Score
I am currently sorting through photos from the start of the season through Saturday's home opener. A photo gallery should be posted later today or tomorrow morning at the latest. Thanks again to Mrs. Kloss for taking the shots.
We wrap up our first homestand of the year on Wednesday against Aurora University. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm. See you there!