The Northwood University baseball team claimed a 10-8 win over Minnesota Duluth Wednesday night (March 12).
The Timberwolves are now 5-5 overall with the win, while UMD stands at 0-1.
With the win, Northwood head coach Joe Di Benedetto has now posted 600 career victories as a head coach, 287 of which have come as the head coach of the Timberwolves. That win total trails only Terry Lynch (319) in NU baseball history.
The game was scoreless in the fourth inning when the Timberwolves broke through with a pair of runs. Cody Rogers (Saginaw, Mich./Swan Valley) scored on an error, which was followed by an RBI single by Anthony DiPaolo (Northville, Mich./Divine Child).
Both teams scored a single run in the fifth, with NU's coming on an RBI hit by Larsen Cronkright (Midland, Mich./Kellogg CC). Northwood then used a run-scoring double by Travis Smith (Clare, Mich.) in the seventh to extend their lead to 4-1.
Northwood appeared to take control of the game in the eighth and ninth innings, as the Timberwolves scored two in the eighth and four in the ninth. Daniel Pulver (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), Brad Vigna (Jenison, Mich.) and Andrew Fleming (Olivet, Mich./Kellogg CC) all had RBI hits in that span.
With the score 10-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Minnesota Duluth put together a big rally, plating six runs in the inning to cut the lead down to 10-8. The Bulldogs had the tying runs in scoring position, but Northwood recorded the final out to earn the win.
Dustin Lee (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), Cronkright and Fleming all had two hits to lead the Northwood offense. Vigna and Cronkright both scored two runs in the game.
Andrew Joseph (Sylvania, Ohio/Owens CC) picked up the win on the mound, allowing one earned run in seven innings of work. He allowed six hits while striking out seven. Adam Kroll (Marine City, Mich.) came out of the bullpen to record the final out and earn his first career save.
Northwood will take on Seton Hill in a doubleheader Thursday (March 13). First pitch is set for 9 a.m.