NIU Drops Doubleheader at No. 5 Oregon State

GO HUSKIES Senior Alex Klonowski only surrendered one hit in five innings
Senior Alex Klonowski only surrendered one hit in five innings

March 8, 2014

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Northern Illinois baseball team played its second doubleheader of the season at No. 5 Oregon State Saturday, dropping game one, 2-0, and game two, 12-2, in seven innings. The Huskies (1-11-1) pitching staff only surrendered three hits to the Beavers in the first game of the day. Senior Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) pitched 5.0 innings, striking out four and only allowed one hit on the mound in game one. Sophomore Brian Sisler (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb) was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run in game two.

"It was a great college baseball game to start the day. Alex was great on the mound today, our defense was good, we just needed to put the bat on the ball in the first game," said Head Coach Ed Mathey. "I tip my cap to Oregon State's pitcher because he was spectacular. Hopefully the hitting we had in game two will carry over to tomorrow's series finale. We're much better hitters than we've showed in this series and I told the guys heading into the trip this is a time for growth. We need to continue to work and battle through this adversity."

Klonowski went head-to-head with Oregon State's Jace Fry on the mound as the two drew blanks in the first five innings of work, tied 0-0. The Beavers would only record one hit on Klonowski while he was on the mound and struck out four times when facing the Huskie.

Senior Anthony Andres (Western Springs, Ill./St. Rita) entered in the sixth inning and recorded the first out of frame on the first batter at the plate. Andres followed up with a walk and surrendered only the second hit of the game at that point to Dylan Davis, a home run to left field that accounted for the only runs of the game to make it 2-0 Beavs.

Andres would finish the afternoon with 2.1 innings of work, surrendering two hits and two walks.

"Outside of six pitches today, Anthony was good on the mound. It's just unfortunate when you can't get hits that those mistakes get magnified as such," added Mathey.

In the ninth inning, freshman Carl Russell (Grayslake, Ill./Grayslake North) earned a walk with one out to bring the tying run to the plate, however, pinch hitter Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area Tech) was unable to make contact as he struck out swinging to end the ballgame, 2-0.

Andrew Frankenreider (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap) also pitched in the contest, hurling seven pitches -- striking out one batter in 0.2 innings of work.

Oregon State stormed out of the gate in the first inning as it accounted for five runs in the frame, collecting said runs on three hits. Jerad Casper hit his first home run of the season with the base loaded to make it a 5-0 OSU lead.

After the Beavers accounted for two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, Northern Illinois responded with two runs of its own in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 7-2 ball game.

Russell, who earned a walk for NIU in the ninth inning of game one, singled to center field to start the inning off and was advanced to second base when Sisler singled through the right side with one out in the frame. After a wild pitch pushed both runners up the base path 90 feet, Klonowski singled to the shortstop to score Russell. Sisler would score on a continuation of the play as shortstop Trevor Morrison made a throwing error to third base to bring the NIU shortstop home.

Gabe Clark made it a 10-2 game in the bottom of the sixth inning as he hit a three run homer off Dirk Ormsby (Ligonier, Ind./Kellog Community College). Free bases resulted for two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as a wild pitch scored one more run to make it a 12-2 Beavers, where the game ended on a 10-run rule.

NIU and OSU will wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon at Goss Stadium with first pitch starting at 3:05 p.m. Northern Illinois' pitcher is still to be determined.



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