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Lopers Split Serieswith MIAA King

Kearney, Neb. – Fremont junior Michael Hahn threw 5.2strong innings and six different players had an RBI to help Nebraska-Kearneydefeat Central Missouri, 8-2, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.

The Lopers (15-8, 9-7) won the final two games to split theseries with the Mules (14-9, 11-5), a longtime MIAA and national powerhouse.

Scoring runs in each of the first three innings, Kearney sawHahn (2-1) fan three and blank UCM over the first five innings. 

However, the Mules hit four balls – three singles and a sacfly – to right field to make it a 3-2 contest in the sixth. With two down andthe bases loaded, Gering senior Carlos Palomo managed to get a pop up to firstto stop the rally.

Getting a run back in the bottom of the inning, UNK saltedthings away by crossing home four times in the seventh.  Senior DH JaykeBrock (2 for 4) capped a great weekend by hitting a two-run double to rightcenter to finish the scoring.

Juniors Max Ayoub (Grand Island), Brandon Landanger (KearneyH.S.) and Coby Roming (Canyon, Texas) had two hits a piece with Wyoming juniorAaron Smith earning a save by tossing 2.2 of scoreless relief.

UCM had runners at second and third with one down in theseventh but Smith came on to get a strikeout and line out.

The Lopers head to Emporia State next weekend.

Courtesy UNK Sports Information

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