By Lee Coleman, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Northern Oklahoma College Enid (18-6) extended its win streak to 10 games Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark, sweeping Pratt Community College (Kan.) 12-4 and 5-4 in a non-conference doubleheader.
Jets freshman Shawn Hunter, normally a middle reliever, got his first college start in the first game and picked up the win with a 4-run, 4-hit effort.
Working on a 1-hit shutout heading into the top of the fifth, NOC Enid committed three errors behind Hunter to pave the way for four Pratt (11-7) runs, cutting the Jets’ lead to 11-4.
“Shawn Hunter threw real well,” said NOC Enid coach Raydon Leaton. “We kicked the ball three times behind him when he threw well enough to deserve a shutout.
“That’s on our defensive guys for not picking it up and getting it for him.”
Hunter, a southpaw, was happy to get his first collegiate win.
“It was a good day for us,” said Hunter, from Fort Supply. “I was able to throw enough strikes, and my teammates played well behind me.
“A shutout would have been nice, but we got a win and that’s all that matters.”
NOC Enid scored three in the first, three in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth on their way to their 17th victory of the season and ninth in a row.
Chris Faulkner had a RBI as did Dusty Harper (2) Logan Bradley (2) Brandon Ruiz (1) and Chase Knott (1).
In the nightcap, the Jets came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4, grabbing their 10th straight win.
Mitchell Bro picked up the win, but needed some help from Zach Postoak in relief for the save.
With two out in the top of the first inning, Bro gave up four hits and a hit batsman to find himself trailing 3-0 out of the shoot. Bro surrendered only three more hits before giving way to Postoak after two hitters in the top of the fifth inning.
“Zach has been a starter all year, and he threw three days ago so he was available out of the bullpen today,” Leaton said.
The Jets responded in the bottom half of the first inning with two runs, trimming the Beavers’ lead to 3-2. Faulkner walked, Blake Callaway singled and Harper picked up his third RBI on the day on a single. With two outs, Bradley drove in his third run of the twinbill on another single.
The Jets made their move in the third frame, scoring three times to grab a 5-3 advantage that ultimately was the difference in the game.
Faulkner and Callaway walked and Harper, from Tulsa, picked up his fourth RBI on a single down the rightfield line, scoring Faulkner. Bradley, from Oklahoma City, flew out to leftfield, scoring Callaway on a sacrifice flyout for the 5-3 Jets’ edge and his fourth RBI.
Pratt plated a run in the top of the fifth to slice the NOC Enid margin to 5-4 on two hits and a fielder’s choice RBI, but from there it was all Postoak as he closed the door on the Beavers for the save.
NOC Enid returns to David Allen Memorial Ballpark at 2 p.m. on Saturday for a single game against Des Moines Area Community College.
The doubleheader with Des Moines scheduled for Monday at noon has been moved up to Sunday at 1 p.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.