MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M opened Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday with a 10-2 and 9-1 sweep of Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Olivia Prather (4-1) limited the Mountaineers to two hits and one earned run in the opener, then Rylee Willmon (4-1) and Rachel Haberman combined on a five-hitter in the nightcap.
The sweep bumped NEO’s record to 9-3 overall. Its games in the Crowder Bash in Joplin were cancelled Friday because of the rainy and cold weather that rolled into the area Saturday.
The Lady Norse were to have played five games in the classic on Saturday and Sunday.
NEO jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, and then tacked on four runs in the second.
The Lady Norse added a final four in the sixth.
Eastern scratched out single runs in the fifth and sixth.
Designated player Maci Willingham went 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple and three singles.
Libby Morris added a double and single while Shelby Prather doubled and Hailey Seago and Peyton Tellez chipped in with a single each.
Prather struck out three and walked two while scattering two hits.
NEO 9, Eastern 1
Willmon worked the first five innings, allowing one run on five hits.
Haberman had a perfect inning of relief.
The Lady Norse set the tone early, breaking out to a 3-0 lead in the second.
After Eastern got its only run in the top of the third, NEO countered with five in its half of the inning.
The Lady Norse tacked on a final run in the sixth.
Four NEO players had two hits each in the game:
Prather, a homer and single; Tellez, a triple and single; Haberman, a double and single, and Willingham, two singles.
Jordan Wharton chipped in with a base hit.
Because of the weekend cancellation, the Lady Norse now will be idle until March 21, when they travel to Altus to face Western State College.