PARSONS, Kan. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College softball hall of fame coach Eric Iverson became the first two-year head coach in Oklahoma to win 1,000 games after guiding the No. 8 ranked Lady Norse to an 8-1 and 10-4 sweep of a double-header Tuesday in Parsons, Kansas, over Labette Community College.
With the sweep the Lady Norse are a perfect 6-0 on the young season while the Labette Lady Cardinals are winless through six games.
During his 22-year career as Lady Norse head coach, Iverson has compiled a 1,000-214 overall record. He was named to the NJCAA Softball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.
The three-time defending Region II champion Lady Norse opened defense
of their Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title Thursday, March 1, with a double-header against Western State College at Iverson Field.
Last year the Lady Norse won the crown with a 28-4 conference mark.
Against Labette in the first game, the Lady Norse built a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
NEO added two runs in the top of the second and third innings to construct a 7-0 lead.
Both teams added single runs in the seventh inning to conclude the scoring.
First baseman Marissa Lokey paced the 11-hit Lady Norse offense with a home run (2), single and three RBI. Third baseman Bailey Fowler
contributed a double and single while shortstop Makayla Bowman and right fielder Maci Willingham produced two singles each.
NEO pitcher Taylor Makowsky (3-0) struck out six while surrendering
one run on seven hits in a complete game effort.
The Lady Norse began the second game with two runs in the top of the first inning, three in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh en route to a 10-4 win.
Fowler ignited the Lady Norse offense in the nightcap with a her first homer, a single and three RBI.
Second baseman Hunter Gilstrap contributed three singles while Bowman, Karissa Marshall and Mikaela Workman added doubles.
The Lady Norse travel to Wilburton for an OCAC double-header starting at 2 p.m. Saturday before playing a non-conference twinbill at Tishomingo on Tuesday against Murray State.