MIAMI — Midway through the second half of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference softball schedule, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Lady Norse are locked in a battle for the league lead.
Winners of four conference championships in the last five years, including three in a row, the Lady Norse trail No. 12 ranked Seminole State College by three games.
Seminole is 18-0 in the league and 29-3 overall.
Following a OCAC double-header sweep on Tuesday, April 10, at Western State College in Altus, the Lady Norse are 15-3 in conference action and 27-9 overall.
Both games were completed in five innings as NEO posted 19-1 and 14-3 wins over the Lady Pioneers.
NEO concluded a four-game road trip Thursday, April 12, with a double-header against Eastern State College (5-13 and 12-22) in Wilburton.
NEO 19, WOSC 1
Freshman first baseman Marissa Lokey generated two home runs (7), a double and single along with eight runs batted in to lead the Lady Norse to a lopsided win in the first game.
The Lady Norse built a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before building a 6-0 margin in the second inning.
Western’s lone run came in the bottom of the third inning before NEO exploded for nine runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to conclude scoring.
Third baseman Bailey Fowler contributed two doubles and a single while Karissa Marshall added a two-run double.
Lady Norse right-fielder Mikaela Workman added two RBI singles as NEO generated 19 runs on 13 hits.
Taylor Makowsky (12-4) pitched 3.1 innings to earn the victory.
Makowsky did not allow a hit, but surrendered one run. She recorded six strikeouts and two walks.
Olivia Prather worked the final 1.2 innings in relief and allowed one single.
NEO 14, WOSC 3
A five-run first inning along with six runs in the third propelled the Lady Norse to a 14-3 victory in the nightcap.
Workman used three singles to create four RBIs while Prather contributed three base hits as NEO accumulated 14 runs on 15 hits.
Marshall hit her team-leading 14th home run and a single that produced four RBI from the leadoff spot.
Fowler and Makayla Bowman added two singles each respectively while Lokey and Makowsky each hit a double.
Prather (14-5) allowed four earned runs in a complete-game effort.
Returning to Eric Iverson Field on Tuesday, the Lady Norse host Rose State in an OCAC double-header. NEO visits Carl Albert on Thursday for two games.