The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 30, 2013

NEO sweeps Jets

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — When it was the home of the Phillips Haymakers, Phillips-Failing Park was known as a hitters’ paradise.

That hasn’t changed after Northern Oklahoma College Enid moved in.

Northeastern A&M had 33 hits in sweeping a doubleheader from the Jets (7-23), 15-4 and 17-11 Saturday. The games were played on the NOC Enid campus because David Allen Memorial Ballpark was being used for the Gladys Winters Memorial Tournament.

“It was a baseball game where a football game broke out,’’ said NOC Enid assistant Scott Mansfield. “The ballpark (smaller than David Allen Memorial Ballpark) had nothing to do with the scores. We threw a lot of fastballs. They threw a lot of fastballs. Good fast-ball hitting teams will do that.’’

The Norsemen scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to break open a tight 5-4 game in the opener. NEO broke a 9-9 tie with seven runs in the nightcap.

Hector Candelaria was 3-for-5 in the nightcap for the Norsemen with a home run and a double and three RBI. Andrew Standifer had three RBI.

Alex Wise was 4-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI. Roman Laureano had two doubles.

Every Norseman starter had a least one hit.

Kevin Meyers led the attack in the first game with three doubles. Angel Ortiz had two doubles and drove in three runs.

NOC Enid starter Zach Postoak allowed only one hit in shutting out the Norsemen over the first three innings. The Norsemen had 15 hits the last four innings.

The Jets did pound out 24 hits in the two games.

Adam Dolan and Haden Johnson were both 4-for-4 in the second game.

Dolan had five RBI on two singles, a triple and a home run. Sammy Terry was 3-for-3 and scored four runs, one coming on a solo home run, his third of the season.

T.J. Turner was 2-for-5, including a double. Korbin Polston was 2-for-4 with a double and a single. Aaron McCandless was 2-for-5.

Matt Kennewell was the losing pitcher in the second game.

Michael Fusselman was the winning pitcher in the first game, holding the Jets to two hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked two.

The Jets had scored two runs in the first and third. Knott and Terry had RBI singles in the first. Russ Colgan opened the third with a walk and scored after a double by McCandless and Knott reaching on an error. Polston’s sacrifice fly scored McCandless with what would be the Jets’ last run.

“I thought we played OK,’’ Mansfield said about the Jets, who were playing their seventh game in five days. “We competed hard. If we continue that, we’ll do well.’’

A scheduled home doubleheader with Independence, Kan., Tuesday has been canceled. NOC Enid will open Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Murray State Thursday.