BARTLESVILLE - After earning an 11-7 victory over Eastern Oklahoma State College Saturday afternoon in an elimination game, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen dropped a 10-6 decision to Seminole State College Sunday afternoon in the third round of the Division I Region II Tournament at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium.
Entering the double-elimination tournament seeded No. 1, coach Roger Ward's Golden Norsemen end the season with a 27-29 overall record.
After opening the tournament with a 7-3 loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith on Friday, Seminole defeated Rose State College 16-0 in five innings Saturday night.
Coach Jeff Shafer's Seminole Trojans (34-22) earned a rematch with the UAFS Lions in today's 1 p.m. championship.
An “if necessary” game will start at 4 p.m.
Dale Harpeneau's UAFS Lions (41-18) advanced to the title game following a 12-0 shutout over defending Region II champion Connors State College Sunday night.
Winner of the Region II Tournament advances to the South Central District Tournament scheduled to start May 18-19.
The best-of-three playoff features the Region XVI champion from Missouri.
The NJCAA World Series will be from May 26 to June 2 in Grand Junction, Colo.
Seminole grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Justin Coats and Josue Peley.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Golden Norse catcher Marc Mimeault lined a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall for his team-leading 12th home run to create a 1-1 tie.
Coats led off the top of the third inning with his 15th home run on the season to give Seminole a 2-1 lead.
NEO retaliated with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. After Raymond Rivera grounded out, Carl Moniz singled to right. Davey Froman followed with a walk. Moniz stole third and scored on a wild throw by Seminole catcher Taylor Freeman. Mimeault doubled to deep right-center, scoring Froman for a 3-2 NEO lead.
The Golden Norse built a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as right fielder Raymond Grant drilled a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field wall for his sixth home run of the year.
With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Seminole started a three-run rally against Golden Norse starter Jared Jordan.
After Coats singled, Peley doubled to left-center. Both Coats and Peley scored on a single to center by Jonathan Prevost. Tyrell Cummings lined a double into the left field corner as Prevost scored all the way from first for a 5-4 Trojan lead.
NEO tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rivera singled and Moniz reached on a throwing error by Coats. After Froman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Mimeault reached on a fielder's choice with Rivera out at the plate. Mike Sodders bounced into a fielder's choice as Moniz scored the tying run.
After neither team scored in the eighth inning, Jordan walked Coats to start a five-run Seminole ninth inning. Peley deposited an 0-1 count over the right-center field wall for a two-run homer. D. A. Kremer replaced Jordan for NEO and surrendered a single to Cummings. Freeman followed with a two-run home run before Steve Martin hit a solo homer to conclude the Trojan outburst.
The Golden Norse added a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walk to Mimeault, a double by Sodders and a RBI single by Steve Anderson.
Mimeault and Sodders collected two hits each along with singles by Moniz, Froman and Grant.
Jordan allowed six runs on 13 hits in 8 innings of work as his record slipped to 5-2 on the year. Kremer allowed four runs on three hits in one inning of relief.
Peley and Cummings paced the 16-hit Seminole offense with three hits each.
Against the Eastern State College Mountaineers on Saturday, the Golden Norsemen snapped a 6-6 tie with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 11-7 victory.
Home runs by Mimeault and Sodders along with triples by Sodders and Grant and doubles by Mimeault and Anderson fueled the 10-hit Golden Norse offense.
Eastern grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning before the Golden Norsemen gained a 4-3 margin in the bottom of the third inning.
After the Mountaineers regained a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning, NEO responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a 6-5 lead.
The Mountaineers scored single runs in the fifth and the eighth inning while the Norsemen exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Aaron Correa earned the victory after starter David Bradley left the game in the third inning. Correa allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work for a 3-2 season record. Jordan pitched a scoreless ninth inning.