The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 7, 2012

Murray State sweeps Jets


Enid News and Eagle

TISHOMINGO —  — TISHOMINGO — No. 5-ranked Northern Oklahoma College Enid was its own worst enemy in being swept for a second straight time by Murray State in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action Saturday.

The Jets committed four errors in losing the opener, 6-4. The Aggies scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie.

Murray State scored the winning run on a dropped third strike in the sixth in taking the nightcap, 3-2.

NOC Enid, which started the week on an emotional high after a 9-7 comeback win over Northeastern A&M, Sunday, finds itself 0-4 after the first week of conference play.

“It’s not where you want to start,’’ said a disappointed Jets assistant Scott Mansfield. “The good thing is we have 16 games left. Conference isn’t won at the beginning, it’s won at the right. We will have a chance to right the ship next week (against Redlands).’’

Zach Postoak was the tough luck loser in the nightcap. He allowed only five hits while striking out five and walking one in going the distance.

“Zach was unbelievable,’’ Mansfield said. “He deserved to win the game. We didn’t give him any help.’’

Postoak had a shutout going until the sixth when the Aggies scored all three of their runs.

Cory Eastwood led off with a single and went to second on a two-out wild pitch. He scored on a single by Tucker Alexander. Travis Caraway doubled home Alexander.

Caraway went to third on a passed ball and scored when Aaron Chalk reached first after strike three got away from Jets catcher David Menger.

Murray State’s Hunter Wood allowed six hits, struck out six and walked two in going the distance.

NOC Enid’s Christian Faulkner gave his team a 2-0 lead in the fifth with a two-run homer which scored Kyle Callahan ahead of him. Callahan had reached on an fielder’s choice.

J.R. Head had two hits for the Jets. Brandon Ruiz and Head had doubles

Shawn Hunter took the loss for the Jets in the opener, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while striking out five and walking one.

Eastwood, as he did in the first game, led-off the game-winning rally with a single in the sixth. Chevis Springer reached on a Hunter error and a walk to Keach Ballard loaded the bases.

Alexander then produced a two-RBI single to make it 6-4.

The Jets had taken a 4-3 lead in the fifth on a three-run homer by Dusty Harper scoring Tyler Wilkins, who had reached on an error and Faulkner, who had singled.

Harper was a bright spot for the Jets as he went 3-for-4. Logan Glasgow had two hits.

NOC Enid had tied the game 1-1 with a run in the third.

Wilkins walked, went to second on a single by Glasgow, to third on a fielder’s choice by J.R. Head and scored on an unsuccessful pickoff attempt on Head.

Murray scored single runs in the first,  thanks to two errors and fifth on Aaron Chalk’s solo homer. The Aggies scored twice in the third, thanks to an error, a double, a ground out and a fielder’s choice.

“Defense wins you games, but today it ended up losing games for us today,’’ Mansfield said. “We came back today with a different mentality than we had Thursday (when the Jets were swept 9-2 and 15-3). We played hard, but we just gave the games away.’’

NOC Enid, 25-14 overall, will try to bounce back against Connors at 6:30 p.m. Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The Jets will return to conference play Thursday against Redlands.