MIDWEST CITY — Completing a baseball three-game series sweep over Rose State College last Sunday, April 15, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen travel to Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, Tuesday, April 17, for a 6 p.m. nine-inning game with No. 13 ranked Crowder College.
Along with winning five straight games, the Golden Norse (12-9 and 21-17) won five of the six games against the Rose State Raiders (4-17 and 17-22).
The Crowder Roughriders, owners of a six-game winning streak, enter the single game matchup with a 35-9 season record.
NEO 3, RSC 0
Despite managing only three hits, the Golden Norse sophomore pitching trio of Matthew Gaskins, Zach Pinkston and Matthew Patton combined for a four-hit shutout Thursday, April 12, at Homa Thomas Field.
Gaskins (4-3) scattered three hits in seven innings as a starter. He struck out five and walked three.
Pinkston pitched a scoreless eighth inning and allowed a single and a walk.
Patton worked a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save.
After three scoreless innings, the Norsemen built a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Walks to Carter Nelson and Jordan Blackmon accounted for NEO's runs after Erasmo Mavarez doubled with two outs.
Consecutive walks by Nelson and Dylan Taylor allowed the Norse to add a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Both runners advanced a base after Calem Nutting's sacrifice bunt.
Blackmon received a walk to load the bases before Mavarez hit a sacrifice fly to left as Nelson scored the final run.
The double by Mavarez and singles by Marion and Patton accounted for NEO's hits.
NEO 8, RSC 7
With a run in the first, four in the third and three in the fourth inning, the Golden Norse posted an 8-7 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory in Sunday's first game in Midwest City.
After Troy Gagan grounded out to short to start the game, both Marion and Lierle walked. Patton reached fielder's choice with Marion going to third and Lierle tagged out at second.
Nelson reached on an error by Mack Thompson at short as Marion scored for a 1-0 Norse lead.
Two errors by the Raiders led to four runs for the Norsemen in the third inning. Marion reached on a fielding error by the first baseman to start the rally. Marion scored on an RBI double by Lierle.
After Patton walked, Nelson reached on first baseman Leo Gallegos' second error of the inning. Lierle scored as Patton was forced at second.
Tyler Silva singled sending Nelson to third. Silva took second on the throw from the outfield. Both Nelson and Silva scored on a single by Calem Nutting for a 5-0 Norse cushion.
Walks by Gagan and Marion started a three-run fourth inning for NEO. After a sacrifice bunt by Lierle, Patton singled scoring Gagan. A single by Nelson scored Marion before Silva doubled scoring Patton for an 8-0 Golden Norse lead.
Tanner Bramlage (6-2) replaced Patton on the mound for NEO to start the bottom of the fourth.
The Raiders scored two runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to trail by an 8-7 margin. A two-run homer by Casen Jackson (2) highlighted the five-run fifth.
Dekotah Jones replaced Bramlage after the homer and allowed a double by Thompson. Patton replaced Jones and surrendered an RBI single by Dalton Wilcox.
Patton led NEO's eight-hit offense with two singles while splitting time between first base and the mound. He pitched 2.2 innings and allowed two hits with two strikeouts while earning his third save.
Dru Barrier and Jabes Turner had two hits each for the Raiders.
NEO 6, RSC 4 (10 innings)
After battling to a 4-4 tie through eight innings, the Golden Norsemen scored twice in the top of the 10th inning to earn a 6-4 win in Sunday's second game.
Lierle singled with one out. A triple by Patton scored Lierle. After Nelson walked, pinch hitter Silva singled up the middle scoring Patton.
Rose State built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second off NEO starter Jacob Schultz. A two-run double by Thompson was the key hit for the Raiders.
The Golden Norsemen tallied two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Walks by Gagan, Marion and Lierle filled the bases for NEO. A walk to Patton scored Gagan. Marion scored as Nelson grounded into a double play.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Patton walked and scored on an RBI double by Nelson for a 3-3 tie.
Nutting walked to start the top of the seventh inning. After stealing second, Nutting went to third on a ground out by James Avery. Maverez hit a sacrifice fly to left as Nutting scored for a 4-3 Norse lead.
Pinkston (4-1) replaced Schultz in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Raiders scored the tying run after Bobby Covalt singled, Barrier walked and Gallegos reached on an error by Lierle at first base.
Lierle collected two of NEO's six total hits.
NEO travels to Warner at Thursday, April 19, for a nine-inning game with No. 10 rated Connors State. The series comes to Homa Thomas Field, Saturday, April 21, for a double-header.