Strong pitching and timely hitting carried the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen to a 5-1 and 10-8 double-header sweep Saturday over Metropolitan Community College-Longview (Mo.) at Homa Thomas Field.
With the sweep coach Roger Ward’s Norsemen are 2-2 on the young season while the Division II ranked 15th Lakers are also 2-2 on the year.
The Golden Norse travel to Tonkawa Thursday for a 1 p.m. double-header with the Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks.
“We got another great start from Jared (White) in the first game and we finally got some key hits as well,” Ward said. “He pitched six strong innings giving up only one unearned run.
“Jared could have finished, but we needed to see some of our unproven guys now,” Ward said. “We want them to be ready when we start our conference schedule.”
Alex Uhl pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first save. Uhl struck out two of four batters faced.
After a scoreless first inning, the Golden Norsemen scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the second inning. A three-run home run by Josh Botts and a two-run homer by Cameron Mann fueled the NEO outburst.
The Lakers scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth inning.
Along with the home runs by Botts and Mann, the Norsemen received singles by Starkes, Ryan Bonner and Andrew Long.
Scoring 10 runs on 14 hits in the nightcap, the Golden Norse earned a 10-8 victory.
Freshman right-fielder Ryan Clark contributed a three-run home run for his second homer of the year, along with doubles by Tommy Tjorton, Ryan Bonner and Mann.
Thorton collected three hits while Botts, Starkes and Nick Henson added two hits each.
Veteran right-hander Sean Mattson pitched the first four innings to earn the victory. Mattson allowed five hits and five runs with four strikeouts and four walks.
“Sean pitched well, but he put himself in a lot of 2-2 and full count situations,” Ward said. “We had hoped to get five strong innings from him, but we had to replace him at the start of the fifth.
Taylor Ferguson allowed three runs on one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief before Jeremy Guest replaced Ferguson with one out in the sixth inning.
Mann earned his first save by striking out the side in the top of the seventh inning.