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Baseball falters in ninth inning at Kansas State

By Staff Report
On April 18, 2012

  • UNC senior right fielder Adrian Schenk awaits the pitch in a game against the New York Institute of Technology last weekend. Spencer Duncan / The Mirror file photo


The UNC baseball team let an unearned run keep its game against Kansas State from going into extra innings Tuesday when the team lost, 4-3, Tuesday in Manhattan, Kan.
The University of Northern Colorado (14-18, 5-3 Great West) went into the bottom of the inning tied after scoring two runs in the top of the inning before senior third baseman Tony Crudo made an error that led to an unearned walk-off run.  
UNC freshman pinch hitter Bryan Tibbitts drove in Crudo and senior right fielder Adrian Schenk to tie the score at three in the top of the ninth inning.
The Bears scored their first run in the fourth when Schenk drove in senior shortstop Adam Hilker on a fielder's choice. Hilker led off the fourth inning with a double, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. 
Two of the Bears' three errors allowed unearned runs for Kansas State (18-18). The second error was in the bottom of the fourth by Crudo, which allowed Kansas State sophomore second baseman Ross Kivett to cross home to tie the game at one.
Both teams had nine hits in the game without a player hitting more than two. Crudo and Schenk had the most for the Bears, with Crudo hitting a single in the second and ninth innings. Schenk had his second hit in the sixth.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Josh Tinnon took the loss in the game, which saw five different UNC pitchers. Tinnon only pitched a third of an inning but allowed one hit and the last run to end the game.
Junior Jake Johnson worked the longest time for the Bears, going into the game in the fifth with one out, relieving senior Cameron Tallman. Johnson pitched for 3.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits. 
Sophomore Chris Hammer and freshman Jess Amedee both pitched an inning each. Neither had a strikeout, but Amedee allowed a hit.
The Bears and the Wildcats will face one another again tomorrow, concluding the series at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Manhattan, Kan. 

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