MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M swept a Saturday double-header from Southwestern Community College by 10-2 and 17-3 scores at Homa Thomas Field.
The Golden Norsemen are 10-2 on the season while the Spartans of Creston, Iowa are 3-7 overall.
NEO started the month of March on a positive note with a 9-2 and 6-3 double-header sweep Thursday over Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Miami.
Two five-run innings carried the Golden Norsemen to a 17-3 rout over the Southwestern Spartans in Saturday’s nightcap.
Walks to Joe Fernando and Reed Fell started a three-run bottom of the first inning for the Norsemen. After Hunter Southerland walked to fill the bases, Riley Keizor singled scoring both Fernando and Fell.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Marque Luster walked scoring Southerland for a 3-0 Norse lead.
Fernando ignited a five-run second inning for NEO with his third home run of the season in the leadoff spot. After Fell popped out and Southerland walked, Keizor reached on a fielder’s choice with Southerland tagged out at second base. Matthew Patton reached on an error before Bryon Lierle walked to fill the bases.
Calem Nutting following with a grand slam home run (3) to give the Norse an 8-0 cushion.
With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, the Golden Norsemen put three more runs in the scorebook. Fell doubled and scored on Southerland’s team-leading sixth home run on the year. Following a single by Keizor, Patton tripled down the left-field line scoring Keizor for an 11-0 NEO lead.
Golden Norse starter Oscar Gonzales (1-1) surrendered a solo run in the top of the fourth inning to the Spartans. A double by Victor Perez and an NEO error on a ground ball hit by Manuel Hazcury gave the Spartans an unearned run.
An RBI double by Jordan Blackmon scored Luster in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Norsemen.
Consecutive singles by Kevin Torres and Andre Beltran started a two-run top of the fifth for Southwestern. Torres scored on Beltran’s single before Erick Espinosa hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Beltran for a 12-3 deficit.
Southerland started NEO’s five-run fifth inning with his second home of the game. After Korey Wilson walked and came around to score on a balk, Blackmon laced a three-run home run (1) scoring Josiah Gott and Luster.
Blackmon, Southerland, Keizor and Fernando each had two hits to pace the 13-hit NEO offense.
A six-run explosion in the bottom of the second inning carried the Golden Norse to a 10-2 win in the first game with Southwestern.
After Fernando started the bottom of the first inning with his second homer of the year, NEO ruffed up Spartan starter Ian Torres (1-2) for the marathon inning in the second.
Walks to Lierle and Hayden Hall started the outburst. Chase Burgess scored both runners on a single to center. Fell singled scoring Burgess. Southerland hit a three-run homer (5) scoring both Fell and Fernando who had walked.
Southwestern scored single runs in the top of the third and fifth innings to trail 7-2.
Taking advantage of walks to Hall and Carter Nelson, the Norsemen scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Burgess singled scoring Hall before Nelson scored on a RBI single by Fell. Burgess came around to score on a fielding error by Angel Morales in center.
Fell and Burgess produced two hits each to lead NEO’s seven-hit offense.
Bradley Kinsey improved to 4-0 on the season by allowing two runs on five hits.
Against Metropolitan-Longview of Lees Summit, Missouri, the Golden Norsemen used a five-run fifth inning to gain a 9-2 victory in Thursday’s first game.
Southerland contributed two, two-run homers and Nelson added a solo blast to put the Monarchs away.
Fernando collected three of the 10 total Golden Norse hits.
Claudio Ortiz (2-0) scattered six hits in six innings for two runs. He struck out eight and walked two before giving way to Matthew Patton in the seventh inning.
With the score tied 2-2 through four innings of the second game against Longview, NEO tallied two runs each in both the sixth and seventh innings of a 6-3 victory.
Southerland singled and Keizor doubled to spark the NEO rally. A wild pitch allowed Southerland to score before Lierle doubled scoring Keizor for a 4-2 Norse margin.
Walks to Fernando and Fell and a two-run double by Southerland accounted for NEO’s two runs in bottom of the sixth inning for a 6-3 NEO win.
Fernando, Southerland and Lierle produced two hits each to lead the nine-hit Norse attack.
Matthew Gaskins (2-0) struck out seven and walked two while allowing three runs on three hits in six innings.
Matthew Patton earned his first save while recording two strikeouts against three batters faced.