WILBURTON — Back-to-back shutouts by Olivia Prather and Rylee Willmon on Saturday carried the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Lady Norse to a 3-0 and 16-0 sweep over Eastern State College on Lady Mountaineers’ Field.
Extending their current winning streak to 11 games, the Lady Norse lead the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference by two games.
NEO is 15-1 in conference play while No. 8 rated Seminole State College in 13-1 in the league. The Lady Norse are 25-5 on the season while the Lady Trojans are 30-8 overall.
Weather permitting, the Lady Norse returns to Iverson Field at 2 p.m. Tuesday for a conference double-header with Western State College. The Lady Pioneers are 2-12 in the league and 6-29 on the year.
Prather, a 5-7 freshman right-hander from Liberty, Missouri, limited Eastern (2-14 and 10-27) to only two singles and two hit-batsmen in a seven inning complete game effort.
Prather is 10-3 on the season with 12 complete games in 14 starts in the circle. She struck out four and walked two while facing 27 total batters.
The Lady Norse received a single by centerfielder Shelby Prather, a stolen base and a RBI single by Peyton Tellez to grab a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Veteran Lady Norse shortstop Libby Morris concluded the scoring in the top of the fifth inning after Tellez reached on a single to left. Morris hit her fifth homerun of the season and collected her team-leading 42nd runs batted in.
Two hits by Tellez and one each by Morris and Kristin Strong accounted for the only offense generated by NEO.
NEO 16, Eastern 0
Requiring only two innings to crush the Lady Mountaineers 16-0 in the second game, the Lady Norse scored nine runs in the third inning and seven in the fifth behind the superb pitching of Willmon (13-1).
NEO’s anemic offense received a transfusion of 20 hits during the five-inning second game. All nine Lady Norse starters had at least one hit each.
Shelby Prather added a double in a 4-for-5 performance with two RBI to pace the Lady Norse offense.
Lena Sanders went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Rachel Haberman also turned in a 3-for-4 plate appearance with two runs batted in.
Tellez led the NEO RBI production with a double and single and four RBI.
Maci Willingham hit a double and single and two RBI while Morris and Jordan Wharton contributed two singles each.