Norse drop a pair of games

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Bay College men’s baseball dropped two games to Eastern Gateway Community College here Wednesday, 13-1 and 11-3.

The Norse fell to 1-7 on the season-opening trip.

“I’m disappointed,” Norse Coach Mike Pankow said. “You’re going to have that when you don’t show up to the park to play. We were flat in the first game. You could tell that we didn’t have the energy in the dugout that we had yesterday. It showed on the field.”

Bay’s lone run came in the fifth inning when Tyler Skufca singled home Owen Hanson, who was hit by a pitch with one out.

Dane Vandenhueval pitched for the Norse in the opener and made it to the fourth inning before leaving with the bases loaded and the Norse trailing 4-0.

Mark Zhang came on in relief in and hit two straight batters to force in runs, and he walked in another. In the fifth inning, Zhang hit another batter and gave up an RBI double to Noah Laster.

Alek Santure gave up a long three-run homer off the bat of Zac Johnson, then Ryan Clark threw a scoreless seventh inning.

The Norse snagged an early 2-0 lead in the second game, but it wouldn’t last.

Mason Korhonen got the start for the Norse, throwing four innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He exited with the Norse trailing 3-2.

In the fifth inning, Bay tied the game with a two-out hit by Justin Popelka.

Owen Hanson pitched the bottom of the fifth and walked the bases loaded before giving up a two-run double to Andrew Wess that made it a 5-3 Eastern Gateway lead.

The Gators scored six runs in the sixth to pull away for an 11-3 win.

The Norse (1-7) return to action today with two more games in Fort Pierce.

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