By Caleb Scott
ADA -- The Ohio Northern baseball team swept Kalamazoo (Mich.) 3-1, 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Wander Field in a non-conference twinbill.
The Polar Bears improve to 18-17 overall, while the Hornets fall to 22-10.
In Game 1, sophomore Austin Frey (Peoria, Aiz.,/Sunrose Mountain) threw eight shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn the win on the mound and improve to 2-2 on the year.
Junior All-American T.J. Storer (Loveland/Moeller) picked up his NCAA-leading 12th and 13th saves of the season.
From there a groundout from junior Hayden Shenefield (Powell/Worthington Kilbourne) would plate Thomas before Klinehoffer was able to score on a wild pitch and an error from the KC catcher to give Northern an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Shenefield was able to drive Thomas home from second base with a single down the left field line to extend the lead to 3-0.
In Game 2, Northern plated three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
Northern played add-on in the sixth when junior Brandon Kasberg (Mentor) singled home Shenefield to make it 4-1.
The Hornets would add one run in the top of the seventh to cut the gap to 4-2.
Kalamazoo made one more attempt to get back in the contest with a home run in the top of the ninth but Storer would once again slam the door and seal the game two victory.
Sophomore Jake Szendrey (North Canton/Hoover) earned the victory in game two as he struck out two batters in 2.2 innings of work.
Northern will return to action Saturday as it hosts Capital in its final home Ohio Athletic Conference twinbill of the season at 1 pm.