Three Northeastern A&M pitchers allowed 16 runs over eight innings as the Golden Norsemen suffered a 16-5 loss to Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College Sunday at Homa Thomas Field.
Snapping a five-game winning streak, coach Roger Ward’s Norsemen concluded spring break with a 8-2 record.
NEO had won the previous two games in the series by 8-2 and 9-4 scores.
The Golden Norse (16-9) take a five-day break before resuming action Saturday with a 1 p.m. double-header against Metropolitan Community College-Maplewoods in Kansas City, Mo.
“I am really proud of how the guys held up during the break.” Ward said. “We played a lot of games with only one day off.
“We are a battle weary ball-club right now,” Ward said. “These guys need a couple days to recharge the batteries.”
Des Moines (15-4) roughed up NEO starter Dan Reid for five runs in the top of the first inning.
The first seven batters in the Bears’ lineup reached base to ignite the rally.
“We ran into a wall on Sunday and we saved Dan for it,” Ward said. “But, he gave up 11 in three innings and we just did not have it left in us to come back.”
The Golden Norsemen responded with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. First baseman Tommy Thornton delivered a two-run double to highlight the inning.
After scoring a single run in the second inning, Reid surrendered another five runs to the Bears in the top of the third inning for an 11-3 DMACC cushion.
The Bears greeted NEO reliever Billy Carter with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to build a 14-3 lead.
NEO scored single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to conclude their scoring.
Chaz Smith replaced Carter in the sixth inning for the Norsemen and allowed two runs in the top of the eighth inning.
Thornton collected three of the six Golden Norse hits along with a double and single by Trevor Bowden and a single by Josh Botts.
“DMACC is a great club and I would predict that they may very well win a national championship this year in DII,” Ward said. “We learned a lot about ourselves and we continued to develop depth in the staff.