The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 22, 2012

Jets bounce back to split with Western


Enid News and Eagle

ALTUS —  Northern Oklahoma College Enid bounced back from an heartbreaking 2-1 loss in the opener to beat defending national champion Western Oklahoma College, 5-2 in the second game of an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday.

Tyler Dean allowed only one run in three and two-thirds innings of relief and the Jets batters showed discipline by drawing seven walks to go with five hits.

Western took advantage of two errors and a walk to score its only two runs in the sixth inning of the first game.

The split left NOC Enid with a 5-7 conference record. Western is 8-4. The Jets are 31-17 overall.

“You’re always looking for a sweep,’’ said NOC Enid assistant coach Scott Mansfield, “but you’re fine with a split on the road. We came out and played hard the second game. We didn’t try to do too much and we were able to jump on them early and stay on them.’’

Dean came in the fourth with runners on first and second with the Jets up 4-1. He struck out Hazael Wessin and got Esteban Paula to ground out to end the threat.

He struck out two, walked one and allowed four hits.

“He delivered for us today,’’ Mansfield said.

Logan Glasgow scored three runs for the Jets with a single and two walks. Christian Faulkner had NOC Enid’s lone RBI —a single in the fourth that scored Tyler Wilkins, who had walked.

Brandon Ruiz and Glas-gow scored off errors in the second and third. Glasgow scored on a passed ball in the fourth to make it, 4-0 and on a wild pitch in the sixth to increase the Jets’ lead to 5-1.

J.R. Head was 2-for-3 for the Jets and drew a walk.

“We did what we needed to score runs,’’ Mansfield said. “Logan knows his role in the nine hole. It’s to turn over the lineup. He done a good job of that as of late.’’

Shawn Hunter allowed only one hit over three innings but left in the fourth after having walked three and hit a batter.

“Some days you’re unhittable and some days you labor,’’ Mansfield said. “Sha-wn was laboring some, but he found a way to keep us in the game and we won it for him.’’

The opener was a frustrating one of the Jets.

Starter Zach Postoak took a shutout into the sixth, allowing only five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. NOC Enid had played errorless defense behind him.

Paula, though, led off by reaching on an error. Sorick Liberia drew the first walk off Postoak. Paula scored after a passed ball and a wild pitch, which put Liberia on third.

Reliever Travis Lance struck out Michael Cruz and Elvis Rodriguez, but Liberia scored the winning run on the second error of the inning.

“Travis did his job,’’ Mansfield said, “sometimes the ball doesn’t roll your way. We played well for five innings, but one thing led to another and we ended up giving them two runs.’’

The Jets outhit the Pioneers, 6-5 with Ruiz going 2-for-3. He scored NOC Enid’s lone run in the sixth when he singled, went to second on Dusty Harper’s ground out, to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Logan Bradley.

Tanner Cruts followed with a single to put runners on first and second, but Blake Callaway lined out to end the inning.

WOC’s Michael Peoples allowed only six hits over six innings while striking out seven and walking one. Victor Mendez pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the save.

NOC Enid will return to conference play at Carl Albert on Thursday. They will host the Vikings next Sunday.