March 12, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas –A bases-loaded home run in the bottom of the seventh inning by senior catcher Adam Humes propelled Northwood to an 8-6 win over Texas College Saturday (3/9) at Knights Field.
The win, along with a 5-1 victory Friday, were sandwiched around a Friday second game loss to give Northwood two victories in the three-game series.
The Knights are now 17-6 on the year and are tied with Bacone College for first place in the Red River Athletics Conference.
In the opener, Brian Kinard led the Knights attack, going 3 for 3. Cody Gray pitched six innings to get the win.
The Knights almost came all the way back from a 9-3 deficit in Friday’s second game, scoring five runs in the final frame before losing 9-8. Starter Roman Gomez took the loss, while junior Tyler Seibert got the win for the visitors. Kinard picked up another three hits, and went 7 for 11 in the series.
The Humes homer came in a game played in wet conditions that saw the Knights commit six errors. Starter Cody Faulkner pitched six innings, giving up six runs, all unearned. Keaton Parsell pitched the final three innings, giving up only one hit, and got the win.
“We played well in spots and could have won all three,” Knights head Coach Jeremy Kennedy said. “But we can’t expect to beat many teams when we make six errors. We’ll have to play consistently solid defense if we expect to beat Texas Wesleyan this week.”
Northwood plays Texas Wesleyan University three games this week (3/14, 15, 16) – Thursday in a 2 PM tilt at Knights Field, Friday at 2 PM at LaGrave Field, and Saturday at 1 PM at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Tickets for the Saturday game are $10 each, at the gate. Even though both schools are on Spring Break, Kennedy says crowds should be good for all three contests. “This is a longstanding rivalry, and we always play each other tough,” he said. “I know the kids on both teams are looking forward to all three games, and are excited about the opportunity to play Saturday on a major league field.”