ENID — The growing pains continued for Northeastern A&M in its 6-1 loss to Northern Oklahoma-Enid here Tuesday afternoon.
“We still look so young at the plate right now,” coach Roger Ward said. “I know that the guys are trying to compete, but every time we get guys in scoring position, we have not been able to get the big hit. This is a sign of a young team but and I think once we begin to get some of those hits we will see a quick turn around and we will begin seeing the offense we showed during the fall.
“All we can do is continue to stay positive and work towards the turnaround.”
NOC-Enid (5-0) was leading 1-0 in the top of the second inning of the nightcap on Kyle Henry’s solo homer when the rains came. The game will be made up at a later date.
The Norse (0-2) are scheduled to host Longview, Mo., Saturday in a 1 p.m. twinbill at Homa Thomas Field.
NEO’s lone run came in the top of the seventh on third baseman Rickey Brown’s second home run of the season.
The Jets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and tacked on a single run in the fourth.
Northern broke the game open with a four-run rally in the fifth.
Catcher Dan Skelly delivered a two-run single and third baseman Dylon Howard added a run-scoring base hit. Another run scored on a balk.
Nick Henson, a freshman outfielder from Miami, went 2-for-3 with a double for the Norse. Brown and first baseman Tommy Thornton each went 2-for-4.
Sophomore right-hander worked the first four innings for the Norsemen. He struck out two, walked two and yielded eight hits.
“I felt that Dan threw really well for three innings, but he was not able to establish his change and curve ball,” Ward said. “This gave NOC batters a good idea of what to expect from him during their second and third at-bats against Dan.”
Trever Bowden, a freshman left-hander turned in a solid relief appearance, Ward said.
Bowden struck out three of the six batters he faced.
Sophomore left-hander Matt Lentz worked five innings to pick up his second win of the season for the Jets. He scattered four hits, struck out two and allowed no runs.
In the Jets’ first five games, Skelly is 7-for-12 with seven RBIs.