MIAMI — Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Connors State College swept a three-game series over the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20.
While outscoring NEO by a 37-12 margin, the Cowboys posted a 15-3 victory in seven innings on Thursday at Warner. Returning to Homa
Thomas Field on Friday for a double-header, the Cowboys won 8-2 and 9-7 in 10 innings.
The losses dropped the Golden Norsemen to 12-12 in the conference and 22-20 overall.
Connors leads the OCAC with an 18-6 record and a 41-7 season mark.
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After the Golden Norse scored solo runs in the first and second inning, the Cowboys reeled off nine runs in the bottom of the third on their home field in Warner.
A walk by Troy Gagan started NEO’s first inning. After Colton Marion struck out, Bryson Lierle walked. Gagan came around to score on an RBI single by Matthew Patton to give the Norse a 1-0 lead.
NEO center fielder James Avery lined out to center to start the top of the second inning. Shortstop Erasmo Mavarez (4) hit a 1-0 pitch over the fence to provide the Norsemen with a 2-0 margin.
Sending 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third inning, Connors took advantage of two NEO errors and a bases-loaded double by Tom Hrynkiw to build a 9-2 cushion.
Darian Luper added a two-run single against Golden Norse starter Matthew Gaskins (4-4). Colton Burgess contributed a two-run homer (18) during the outburst.
Zachary Pinkston replaced Gaskins with one out in the third and got the two final outs on fly balls.
The Cowboys received a solo home run by Jake Northern (11) in the bottom of the fourth to hold a 10-2 cushion.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Gagan hit a solo homer (4) on a 3-2 pitch to close out NEO’s scoring.
Corey Lummis replaced Pinkston on the mound after Connors scored two unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
The run rule after five innings came in to play in the bottom of the seventh. Burgess (19) ended the scheduled nine-inning game with a three-run homer.
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Returning home on Friday for a double-header, the Golden Norsemen built a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
A single by Gagan started the frame. After Marion delivered a sacrifice bunt moving Gagan to second, Lierle reached on a fielding error by Burgess at first base as Gagan scored.
Connors received a three-run homer from Luis Pelayo (4) to highlight a four-run rally in the top of the third inning, giving Connors a 4-1 lead.
The Cowboys added a single run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth for an 8-1 advantage.
Walks with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning by Gagan, Marion and Lierle filled the bases for NEO. Gagan scored the final run on Patton’s RBI single.
Carter Nelson and Gagan each had two singles to lead the NEO six-hit arsenal. Lierle and Patton both contributed base hits.
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Once again the Golden Norsemen grabbed an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Lierle singled with two out. After Patton doubled the runners to second and third, Nelson walked to fill the bases. Dylan Taylor singled, scoring both Lierle and Patton. Calem Nutting reached on a fielding error by pitcher Brandon Goldston as Nelson scored for a 3-0 Norse lead.
Connors tallied three runs in the top of the second inning for a 3-3 tie.
Marion tripled and scored on an RBI single by Lierle as NEO regained the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
Consecutive walks to Jake Northern, Braden Calico and George Bell rallied the Cowboys in the top of the sixth inning.
Patton replaced NEO starter Jacob Schultz and unleashed a wild pitch with Luper at the plate. Northern scored on the play for a 4-4 tie.
Singles by Northern and Calico started a two-run eighth inning for Connors. Bell’s sacrifice fly to center scored Northern and Luper’s RBI double scored Calico for a 6-4 Cowboys lead.
A leadoff single by Lierle in the bottom of the ninth started a two-run comeback by the Norsemen.
After Nelson and Taylor both popped out, Gaskins walked sending Lierle to second.
Nutting single d to center as Lierle scored. Jordan Blackmon singled, scoring Gaskins for a 6-6 tie.
Connors broke opened a 6-6 deadlock with three runs in the top of the 10th inning.
The Cowboys received an RBI single by Pelayo and a two-run double by Hrynkiw to build a 9-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th.
Gagan doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a by to center by Lierle to close out the scoring.
Lierle paced NEO’s 15-hit attack with a double and three singles. Gagan, Patton and Nutting each contributed a double while Marion added a triple.
Weather permitting, the Golden Norsemen play a double-header Tuesday, April 24, against the Drury College junior varsity in Springfield, Missouri. The Norse face Eastern State College for a nine-inning game in Wilburton on Thursday, April 26. The three-game series concludes in Miami, Saturday, April 28, with two games.