Freshmen pitchers Nicole Workman and Alex Gilley combined to limit Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa to three hits as the fifth ranked Northeastern A&M Lady Norse swept a double-header 8-0 and 9-0 Thursday evening on the NEO diamond.
With the sweep, coach Eric Iverson's Lady Norse are 21-4 on the season and 8-0 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Lady Mavericks are 5-7 in the conference and 18-17 overall.
NEO travels to Wilburton next Thursday for a 2 p.m. OCAC double-header with Eastern State College.
Workman, from Tuttle, struck out nine and surrendered one hit in six innings to lead the Lady Norse to a 8-0 victory in the first game against the Lady Mavs.
After retiring 15 straight batters, Workman (7-0) allowed a lead off double by Rachel Turner to start the sixth inning before retiring the side.
Sophomore third baseman Lyndy Fluman got the Lady Norse scoring started with a lead off home run in the bottom of the first inning. Courtney Clark followed with a single and Candice Monigold walked before Megan Sullivan singled to center, scoring Clark for a 2-0 Lady Norse lead.
After Emily Walters singled to start the bottom of the fourth inning, pinch runner Shanna Johnson stole second. Johnson came around to score for a 3-0 NEO margin as Fluman reached on a fielding error by Turner at third base.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Sullivan doubled and scored on an RBI single by Brittany Watson for a 4-0 Lady Norse cushion.
Consecutive singles by Allyson Pogue and Walters started a four-run sixth inning for NEO. After Fluman walked to fill the bases, Clark reached on a throwing error by pitcher Kristin Dixon (6-5) as both Pogue and Walters scored.
A sacrifice fly to center by Monigold scored Fluman and Clark scored on a single to center by Sullivan which ended the game because of the eight-run rule.
With two doubles and two singles Sullivan led the 11-hit Lady Norse offense. Clark and Walters contributed two singles each.
Gilley, from Broken Arrow, struck out six and walked one in four innings of work in the 9-0 win in five innings of the nightcap. Workman struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning. The win gives Gilley a 9-3 record.
A single by Taloa Earnest in the first inning and a double by Hali Oslin in the fourth were the lone hits for the Lady Mavericks.
Sullivan singled and scored on a RBI double by Workman to start a three-run second inning for NEO. Pinch runner Haiden Rowland scored on a RBI single to right by Watson. After two passed balls, Watson scored on a RBI single by Jamie King.
After Monigold singled, consecutive home runs by Sullivan and Watson increased the Lady Norse lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning.
Pinch hitter Megan Higgins was hit by a pitch to start a three-run fourth inning for the Lady Norse. King tripled, scoring Higgins. Fluman's sacrifice fly to left scored King.
Clark followed with a single to center. After two passed balls sent Clark to third, Monigold bounced into a fielder's choice as Clark scored the final run.
Workman led the nine-hit Lady Norse attack with a single, double and home run while Sullivan added a double and homer.
Northeastern A&M 8-9, Northern-Tonkawa 0-0
NOC-Tonkawa 000 000 - 0 1 2
NEO 200 114 - 8 11 0
Kristen Dixon and Megan Taylor; Nicole Workman and Emily Walters. W - Workman (7-0). L - Dixon (6-5). 2b - NEO, Megan Sullivan (2). HR - NEO, Fluman (2).
NOC-Tonkawa 000 00 - 0 2 1
NEO 033 3x - 9 9 0
Aurianna Corrales, Lacey McCombs (3), Missy Swanson (4) and Megan Taylor; Alex Gilley, Nicole Workman (5) and Emily Walters. W - Gilley (9-3). L - Corrales (6-4). 2b - NOC-Tonkawa, Oslin; NEO, Workman. 3b - NEO, Jamie King. HR - NEO, Megan Sullivan (8), Nicole Workman (7).