Northeastern A&M’s Golden Norsemen defeated Division II No. 1 Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College 8-2 Thursday afternoon at Homa Thomas Field.
Coach Roger Ward’s Golden Norsemen (15-8) host the DMACC Bears today in a 2 p.m. nine-inning game before entertaining Southwestern Iowa Saturday in a 2 p.m. double-header.
The Norsemen conclude an eight-game homestand Sunday as DMACC returns for a noon nine-inning contest.
DMACC starting pitcher Mitch Mormann (6-1 of Manchester, Iowa) drew a flock of scouts to Homa Thomas Field.
Mormann was a 17th-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians and has signed a letter of intent with LSU.
Mormann allowed seven runs on 10 hits in six innings to take the loss for the Bears, who lost just their second game in 16 outings.
He struck out seven and walked three before giving way to Kolby Moore for the final two innings.
“I thought we stayed patient and played more small ball than we normally do and it worked,” Ward said. “We where able to get his pitch count up and we scored on him in the middle innings to get control of the game.”
After scoring single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, the Golden Norse built a 4-0 cushion through four frames.
The Bears touched NEO starter J.F. Ricard for a single run in the top of the fifth inning before adding a single run in the top of the sixth inning off reliever Willie Gaball.
NEO responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and added a solo run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Cameron Mann and Argenis Paz collected three hits each to lead the 13-hit Norse attack.
Josh Botts, Luis Argumedes and Ryan Bonner added two hits each.
Ricard earned his third victory of the year while Taylor Ferguson added his fifth save.