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April 5, 2014

Cougars take 2 from Jets

EL RENO, Okla. — Redlands pitchers continued to baffle Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s hitters in sweeping the Jets in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action Saturday.

Brock Stuber allowed one hit over six and one-thirds innings, walking two and striking out three as the Cougars won the opener, 4-1.

Okarche’s Austin Kretchmar became the second Cougar pitcher to shut out the Jets when he tossed a three-hitter in a 6-0 Redlands win. Kretchmar struck out three and walked one.

The Jets, now 17-13 overall and 1-3 in conference, scored only one run in their three losses to Redlands in the four-game series. NOC Enid won the first game, 4-2.

“Offensively, we just didn’t show up,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton. “Their pitchers threw a lot of strikes and kept us off balance. But we didn’t put any pressure on them. We made the game easy for them.’’

The Jets defense made the game a lot easier for the Cougars the second game as four errors led to five unearned runs.

Sam Grellner, another ex-Okarche star, hit a home run and scored twice to lead the Cougar attack.

Alex Hannum took the loss for the Jets, allowing five hits and five runs, all unearned, over two innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Patrick O’Toole, Nik Gifford and Nick Yoning all had singles for the Jets.

Scotty Harvill was the hard-luck loser in the first game. He gave up five hits in five innings. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned. He struck out five and walked one.

“Scotty pitched well,’’ Leaton said. “He deserved to win.’’

Aaron Falgoust was 2-for-3 for Redlands with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth. The Cougars scored once in the fourth and fifth and twice in the sixth.

NOC Enid scored its lone run of the day in the seventh. Trevor Hilhouse reached on an error. Pinch-runner O’Toole scored after singles by Nick Yoning and Dillon Harp.

Russ Colgan had the Jets’ other hit.

The sweep raised Redlands tecord to 20-11 overall and 3-1 in conference.

NOC Enid will host Cowley County Tuesday before going to conference rival Western Thursday. They will host the Pioneers on April 13 for a doubleheader.

“We have to put this behind us,’’ Leaton said. “We can’t get these games back. We have 16 more to go. We have to move on, that’s all you can do.’’

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