Despite a complete game 12-3 victory by Jared Jordan in the first game, Northeastern A&M’s Golden Norse dropped a 4-3 decision in the second game Saturday against Seminole State College at Homa Thomas Field.
“We pitched really well again and I felt that we could have swept,” Golden Norse head coach Roger Ward said. “I am proud of the guys and how hard they worked. We are starting to put things together and we are playing good baseball right now.”
With the split the Golden Norsemen are 17-9 on the season and 2-2 in the Bi-State Athletic Conference. The Seminole Trojans are 17-8 and 2-2 in the conference.
NEO is scheduled to continue a six-game homestand today by hosting Redlands College in a 1 p.m. non-conference double-header.
Jordan, who threw a seven-hit 2-1 complete game win over Longview, Mo. in his last start, improved his record to 2-0 by scattering eight hits in seven innings. Jordan struck out three and walked one.
The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Jordan.
With one out, William Kankel singled. Catcher Joe Patterson lined an 0-2 pitch over the right-field fence for a two-run homer.
Three Seminole errors led to a five-run bottom of the first for NEO.
Leadoff hitter Josh Botts was hit by a pitch. After stealing second, Botts scored on a single to shallow right-center by Carl Moniz.
Steve Anderson was hit by a pitch before Jacob Taylor reached on a fielding error by David Chester at first base as Moniz scored.
Consecutive singles by Mike Sodders and Jeff Hutton scored Taylor. Courtney Blevins walked to fill the bases.
Marcos Flores walked, scoring Sodders. Botts singled, scoring Hutton for a 5-2 Norse lead.
NEO scored four runs on four hits to build a 9-2 cushion in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Singles by Flores and Botts started the rally. After Wesley Starkes hit into a fielder’s choice, Moniz singled, scoring Flores. Anderson hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Botts.
Taylor hit a 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence for his fourth home run of the season.
A one-out triple by Jeffrey Meadows gave Seminole a run in the top of the fifth inning. Meadows scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Kankel.
The Golden Norse added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out, Taylor drew a walk. After stealing second, Taylor scored on a single by Hutton to right. Pinch hitter Matt Cassell hit his first home run on the year to give NEO a 12-3 lead.
Botts, Moniz, Hutton, Cassell and Flores each had two hits to pace the 12-hit Golden Norse offense.
Seminole grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning of the nightcap on a leadoff home run by Chester down the left field line.
Chester hit another round tripper with one out in the top of the fourth inning to give the Trojans a 2-0 margin.
Consecutive singles by Taylor and Jordan allowed the Norsemen to score a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
After Sodders singled to load the bases, Taylor Clark grounded into a fielder’s choice as Jacob Taylor scored.
NEO tied the score in the bottom of the fifth inning. Starkes singled, stole second and scored on a double to deep center by Anderson.
A leadoff home run by James Lavinskas started a two-run seventh inning for the Trojans.
After Blake Gentry reached on a throwing error by Sodders at third base, Kankel singled to right, scoring Gentry.
Kankel moved from right field to the mound to start the bottom of the ninth inning.
Botts hit a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right for his sixth home run of the season to create a 4-3 deficit.
Jacob Taylor collected three hit as the Golden Norse outhit the Trojans by a 12-8 margin.
Botts and Starkes contributed two hits each.