Continuing their torrid hitting, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen buried the Hibbing (Minn.) Community College Cardinals 18-0 and 15-2 in a double-header Wednesday at Homa Thomas Field.
While extending their current winning streak to four games, coach Roger Ward's Norsemen are 9-5 on the season. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 2-7 on the year.
Weather permitting the Golden Norse travel to Tonkawa Saturday for a 1 p.m. double-header with the Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks. NEO won two games here Tuesday against the Mavericks, 6-2 and 14-3.
Against Hibbing in the first game, freshman right-hander Dan Reid pitched two perfect innings for the Norsemen retiring all six batters.
Veteran designated hitter Carl Moniz started a seven-run second inning for NEO with his third home run of the year. After Josh White was hit by a pitch, Mike Sodders singled to right.
Golden Norse catcher Jared Jordan lined a pitch for a one-hop ground rule double over the right field fence, scoring both While and Sodders. Following a single by Wesley Starkes, Josh Botts blistered a triple to left-center, scoring both Jordan and Starkes. Botts scored on a passed ball.
Matt Cassell tripled to right-center. A sacrifice fly by Steve Anderson scored Cassell for a 7-0 Norse lead heading into the third inning.
A single by Sodders started a six-run third inning uprising for NEO. After Sodders stole second, Starkes was hit by a pitch.
Both runners moved up on a double steal before Botts singled to shallow left-center, scoring both Sodders and Starkes.
Cassell was hit by a pitch and Jacob Taylor singled up the middle, scoring Botts. Anderson followed with his fifth home run of the year to give the Norse a 13-0 margin.
Back-to-back doubles by Sodders and Jordan started a five-run fourth inning. Sodders scored on Jordan's double. Singles by Starkes and Cassell filled the bases. Taylor hit a ground-rule double over the left field fence, scoring both Jordan and Starkes. Pinch hitter Bobby Moore singled, scoring both Cassell and Taylor.
Sodders collected three of the 17 Golden Norse hits while Botts, Cassell, Taylor, Moniz, Jordan and Starkes added two hits each.
After Reid's stellar performance on the mound, Jeff Maxey scattered three hits in three innings of relief.
Scoring in every inning of the nightcap, the Golden Norsemen generated 15 runs on 14 hits.
Anderson hit his sixth home run of the year (a two-run shot in the first inning) and Sodders hit his third (a grand slam in the fourth inning).
Miami's Taylor Clark hit two doubles and a single while Wyandotte freshman Jared White added three singles to lead the Norse offense.
Sean Mattson allowed two hits in two innings as a starter for NEO. Aaron Correa tossed two innings of hitless relief before Dayne Goodman allowed two runs on three hits in the fifth inning.