JOPLIN — Sixth-ranked Northeastern A&M won four of their six games in the Crowder College Bash
The Lady Norse resume play in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 13 with a double-header at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.
NEO (15-5) sits atop the conference with a 4-0 record.
The Northern-Tonkawa Lady Mavericks are 3-3 in conference action and 12-7 overall.
Playing eight games in three days, the Lady Norse earned a split Thursday, March 8 with No. 20 ranked Indian Hills Community College of Ottumwa-Centerville, Iowa. The Lady Falcons (16-5) won the first game 3-2 before NEO posted a 4-3 win in the nightcap at Eric Iverson Field.
Indian Hills snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning with two runs against Lady Norse hurler Olivia Prather (5-2).
Solo home runs by Lexi Smith (5) and Abby Straight (5) fueled the Lady Falcons rally.
Prather walked one and struck out eight while allowing three runs on six hits.
With a two-run homer (2) and a single, Mikayla Bowman led the four-hit Lady Norse offense.
A double by Jordan Wharton and a single by Bailey Fowler accounted for NEO’s other hits.
Against the Lady Falcons in the second game, NEO trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
A three-run home run by Taylor Makowsky (3) propelled the Lady Norse to a brief 3-2 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.
The Lady Falcons received an RBI single by Straight to score Erin Kuba with the tying run off Makowsky (6-1).
Mikaela Workman singled and scored on a two-out single by Karissa Marshall to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Lady Norse.
Marshall had two of the seven Lady Norse hits along with Makowsky’s homer and base hits by Fowler, Wharton, Workman and Marci Willingham.
Playing three games on Friday in the opening round of the Crowder Bash, the Lady Norse lost 5-2 to Kirkwood College of Cedar Falls, Iowa, (14-1) ranked No. 5 in Division II; lost 6-2 to Jefferson College (14-4) of Hillsboro, Missouri, and won 4-1 over Three Rivers Community College (9-5) of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Kirkwood, Iowa 5, NEO 2
Despite outhitting Kirkwood by a 7-6 margin, the Lady Norse fell victim to a double, triple and home run by Monica Bevans.
Bevans, a catcher, went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI to pace the Kirkwood offense.
Doubles by Marshall and Fowler, along with RBI singles by Bowman and Wharton, accounted for NEO’s offensive production.
Prather (5-3) took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in 3.2 innings. Makowsky pitched 3.1 innings in relief allowing one run on four hits.
Jefferson 6, NEO 2
Scoring a solo run in the top of the second inning and five in the fifth, Jefferson rolled to the win in Friday’s second game.
First baseman Marissa Lokey had a double and single with two RBI as NEO outhit Jefferson by a 10-8 margin.
Wharton added two singles while Emily Mendenhall contributed a double.
Makowsky (6-2) pitched a complete game while allowing six runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
NEO 4, Three Rivers 1
The Lady Norse scored a run in the top of the second inning before adding two in the fifth and one in the seventh to defeat Three Rivers.
Third baseman Bailey Fowler had two doubles and a homer (2) and one RBI to lead NEO’s 11-hit attack.
Prather (1) and Gracie Garman (1) each contributed a home run and a single.
Prather (6-3) struck out 11 and walked one while surrendering one run on two hits in a complete game effort.
Second day action on Saturday led to a three-game sweep by the Lady Norse.
NEO 4, Southeastern 1
NEO led the entire game with single runs in the bottom of the first, second, third and sixth innings against the Southeastern Blackhawks of West Burlington, Iowa (7-7).
Workman led NEO at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance while Lokey added a homer (3) and single in a 10-hit Lady Norse offense.
Marshall contributed a solo home run (5).
Prather (7-3) allowed one run on seven hits in a seven-inning complete game. She struck out eight without walking a batter.
NEO 4, Fort Scott 0
Makowsky (7-2) scattered four hits in seven innings as the Lady Norse shutout the Fort Scott Lady Greyhounds (11-6). She struck out six and walked three.
Marshall hit a solo homer (5) and a single to collect two of NEO’s five total hits. Wharton, Makowsky and Bowman added RBI singles as the Lady Norse scored two runs in the first and two in the fifth innings.
NEO 8, Mineral Area 4
Trailing 2-0 after two innings, the Lady Norse erupted for four runs in the bottom of the third and fourth frames en route to win over Mineral Area (3-9).
A three-run homer by Marshall (6) and a two-run homer by Wharton (2) ignited the Lady Norse 10-hit attack. Workman contributed a solo home run (2) and a single while Bowman and Lokey added RBI base hits.
Mendenhall (1-0) pitched four innings and allowed three runs on four hits to earn the victory. Prather worked the final three innings, allowing one run and four hits.
The Lady Norse visit NOC-Tonkawa for a 4 p.m. double-header
Tuesday before returning to Miami for a 4 p.m. twin bill on Wednesday with Kirkwood.