Huskies win first conference series of year

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Sophomore pitcher Ross Kennell pitches to North Dakota senior shortstop Kris Kwak who hit a fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth inning during the 19-4 win by the Huskies April 7 at Husky Field. | MARYAM GHAFFAR/THE COLLEGIAN

 

The Huskies lit up the score board with 19 runs, beating the University of North Dakota with a run-ruling at Husky Field April 7, which was the most runs scored by the University since May 2011.

The Huskies won three out of four games to win the first Great West Conference series of the season behind sophomore pitcher Ross Kennell, who allowed only two runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking two in 5.2 innings.

Kennell said he came into the game wanting to be aggressive and was pleased with the result.

“I wanted to throw a lot of strikes and limit the free bases that I gave up,” Kennell said. “I tried to stay ahead of the count and could have thrown a few more strikes in certain situations, but it was a good outing.”

The Huskies scored early with five runs in the first inning off North Dakota sophomore pitcher Jeff Campbell, who gave up five runs, two hits and one walk in the first inning of play since March 9 due to injury. Without getting an out, Campbell was replaced by sophomore pitcher Reid Jungling in the top of the first inning.

Junior shortstop CJ Jarvis started the bottom of the first inning with a double to left center field. The bases were loaded after a walk to senior left fielder Luke Clements and after junior right fielder Jordan McCoy was hit by a pitch.

The University scored its first runs of the game after a pitch hit senior center fielder Jake Gonzalez. The Huskies continued to add runs when junior first baseman Mike Chamberlain hit an RBI single, followed by a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Samm Wiggins and a groundout RBI to second by sophomore third baseman Curtis Jones.  Junior designated hitter Bradley Brown scored the last run of the inning with a single to the right side of the field.

The Huskies were scoreless for only one inning of the game, scoring one run in the third inning, five runs in the fourth, seven runs in the fifth and finishing with one run in the sixth.

North Dakota allowed 15 hits and 15 free passes to the Huskies, which included nine hit batters and six walks. Jarvis went 3-for-5 on the day with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs.

McCoy scored three runs in the game and reached base off a single, walk and hit-by-pitch to extend his on base percentage to .449. He has reached base in all 28 games this season.

McCoy said he did not realize that he had reached base in every game until a few days ago and admits that he tries to do whatever it takes to get on base.

“I try to go out each and every day and give it everything I have,” McCoy said. “Regardless of my streak, I have just tried to do whatever is needed to get on base.”

Junior pitcher Kobie Hajdik came in for relief in the fifth inning allowing two hits, one run while striking out one. Freshman pitcher Matt Harding finished the game in the sixth inning with one earned run and two strikeouts.

Head coach Jared Moon said that the team performed well offensively and defensively to win the game.

“We swung the bat well and finally swung it like we’re capable of doing,” Moon said. “Kennell settled in early, was changing speeds, keeping their batters off balance and all-in-all did an outstanding job.”

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