RiverHawks baseball cools down after a hot streak
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RiverHawks baseball cools down after a hot streak

4/7/18

Austin Headlee

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks baseball team went on a five-game winning streak over spring break. However, the team has only won one of the four games since the streak. 

The team started their skid with a loss to the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos on March 27 and played Southwest Baptist University Bearcats over the weekend. The RiverHawks won 4-2 against the Bearcats in the first game of the series but were unable to gain another win.

Dustin Berrong, Fort Walton Beach senior pitcher, recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in the lone win over the Bearcats. Alex Massie, Houston Texas junior left fielder, and Conner Reynolds, Brighton Colorado junior first baseman, each recorded their second home run of the season in the win.

The RiverHawks are 8-9 in conference games and 9-12 when playing away this season. The team is currently ranked eighth in the MIAA conference.

The goal is to win series,” said Jake Hendrick, NSU baseball head coach. “We have been unable to do that in conference play up to this point. On the positive side, I am glad we are finding a way to get a win, but we have to find a way to get over the hump and win two or three when we go on the road.

The RiverHawks have not been dominate while playing in conference or away games, but the team has been playing very well at home. The team is 8-1 while playing at the Thomas C. Rousey Field and possess a 17-13 overall record. The lone home loss was to the Rogers State University Hillcats. The RiverHawks will look to find its stride as they enter the final month of the season.

“We tell our players to play your best baseball at the end,” said Parker Kruckenberg, assistant coach. “We break our schedule up into months, so the month of April is when we hope to play our best and make our move toward getting into the MIAA tournament.”

The RiverHawks have an opportunity to improve their conference record when they take on the Pittsburg State University Guerillas. The Guerillas are ranked fourth in the MIAA with a 13-7 conference record. The RiverHawks beat the Guerillas at Rousey Field in their first matchup of the season.

The Guerillas scored the first six points in the previous matchup, but the RiverHawks were able to score seven points in the sixth inning. The RiverHawks took advantage of two errors during the seven-point run.

“Like any other conference game, we must play well to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Berrong. “I’m sure Pitt will have revenge on their mind from the last time we saw each other. We’ll look to get off to the right start this week with a big win on the road.”

The RiverHawks will play in conference games for the remainder of the season.

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