Northeastern A&M had to play catch-up all day, but had only one win to show for it Sunday when the Golden Norsemen split with Independence (Kan.) Community College.

The Norse (25-26) won the opener 9-8 then suffered a 10-9 loss in the nightcap.

"We had to come from an 8-0 deficit in Game One and a 8-1 deficit in Game Two," Norse coach Roger Ward said. "I am proud of how this offensive team responded today. It is hard to come from eight down one time, but to do it twice in one day is a sign of a mature offensive group.

"We were not able to win game two but we scored three in the seventh and had the winning run at the plate," he said. "The guys kept answering the call even when we did not pitch well or play solid defense."

Raymond Grant had a huge day for Northeastern A&M, going 7-for-9, including three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He drove in eight runs.

"I have not seen many days like this," Ward said.

In the opener, Grant went 3-for-4 with a homer, triple and single and four RBIs. Then in the nightcap, he was 4-for-5 with another homer, the three doubles and another four RBIs.

The Norsemen scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie the opener at 8-8, then they pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth with one out.

Carl Moniz, Mike Sodders and Steve Anderson also had three hits each for the Norsemen as part of a 14-hit attack.

In the nightcap, Independence led 10-5 going into the sixth.

NEO got one run in the bottom of the sixth then created the final margin with a three-run rally in the seventh.

The Norsemen collected another 14 hits in the loss. Grant and Jared Jordan had four each while Moniz added three.

NEO travels to Neosho, Mo., Thursday to face Crowder College.