The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 31, 2012

NOC Enid heads up in split


Enid News and Eagle

ENID — J.R. Head scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh to give Northern Oklahoma College Enid a 3-2 win over Rose State in the second game of a doubleheader at Failing Field Saturday.

The Raiders won the first game, 5-1 behind a six-hitter from Ethan Davis.

The Jets (24-10) will host Northeastern A&M in a single nine-inning game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark today. It will be NOC Enid’s last game before entering conference play.

Head, in the second game, opened the Jets seventh by singling to left. He stole second, advanced to third  on a fly out and scored on a passed ball.

“When J.R. gets on, the energy level goes up in our dugout,’’ said Jets assistant coach Scott Mansfield. “When he gets on, it gives us a great opportunity to score. When you get your lead-off hitter on like that, it’s a good sign.’’

Rose State, which had swept a twinbill over NOC Enid last month, had tied the game in the top of the seventh when Enid High grad Joe Black singled in Blake Diver, who had singled and went to third on a single by Dillon Walker, another ex-Plainsman.

“Any time you can give up the lead in the top of the seventh and then come back to win, it definitely boosts your confidence,’’ Mansfield said. “Hopefully, we can take this momentum into the game against NEO. It was a good all-around game.’’

Black was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Walker was 1-for-3.

Travis Lance, who relieved Zac Postoak, got the Jets into a winning position by getting Blake Stringer to ground into a double play.

Postoak allowed eight hits and only one earned run over six and one-third innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Shawn Hunter took the loss in the first game, allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned over five innings. He struck out six, and did not walk a batter.

“Shawn and Zach did exactly what we wanted them to do,’’ Mansfield said. “Travis did a good job in relief.’’

NOC Enid had gone ahead 2-1 with a run in the sixth. Brandon Ruiz singled, went to second on a Logan Bradley single, and scored on Tyler Walker’s second hit of the game.

The Jets took a 1-0 lead in the second when Logan Bradley walked, went to second on a passed ball and scored when David Menger reached on an error.

In the first game, Dusty Harper doubled home Kyle Callahan for Enid’s lone run in the fifth.

Head was 2-for-3 to pace the Jets attack. He was 4-for-7 for the doubleheader.

Jordan Hawkins and Ryan Bottger homered for the Raiders to pace a 10-hit attack. Garrett Crain was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jackson Matthews drove in two runs.

“We should have won the first game, but they put the ball on the bat more than we did,’’ Mansfield said.

Mansfield said the Jets will go deep into their bullpen today to tune up for the conference season.