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April 6, 2013

Murray State shows power in sweeping Jets

TISHOMINGO, Okla. —  Murray State would have made the late Earl Weaver proud in a doubleheader sweep of Northern Oklahoma College Enid to open the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference season..

The Aggies hit five home runs — three in a 6-3 win in the opener and two in a 8-7 triumph in the nighcap to open conference play at 2-0.

Keach Ballard hit two homers in the opener and Eddie Keiffer hit the other. Colt Pickens and Noel Nevarez homered in the nightcap for the Aggies.

“They are a good hitting team,’’ said Jets assistant coach Scott Mansfield. “We made a couple of pitches up in the zone and they made us pay for it.’’

Mansfield, though, was not discouraged about the day. The Jets dropped to 7-25 with the losses. NOC Enid has dropped five straight.

“We put ourselves in position to win both games,’’ Mansfield said. “That’s all you can ask for.’’

The Jets threatened in the seventh of the nightcap. Russ Colgan forced Adam Dolan at second on a fielder’s choice but scored when Aaron McCandless reached on an error.

Chase Knott hit a line drive to left to end the game.

“Chase hit it right on the nose,’’ Mansfield said, “but it was right at the guy. Anywhere to the left or the right and it would have been right by them.’’

The Jets, shut down for the first three innings, exploded for six runs in the fourth on a two-RBI double by Korbin Polston, a RBI single by Sammy Terry and a three-run homer by A.J. Wilson.

“We made a lot of adjustments and we were going deep in the count,’’ Mansfield said about the big inning. “That helped us get some momentum.’’

The Aggies broke the deadlock with runs in the fourth and sixth.

Navarro had three RBI to pace the Murray State attack. Keiffer had two RBI. Pickens was 3-for-3 with a home run and two singles. He scored four times.

Zach Postoak took the loss for the Jets, allowing seven hits and seven runs, only two of which were earned. He struck out three and walked four.

Polston had two hits for the Jets. Colgan scored twice.

The Aggies broke up the first game with three runs in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.

NOC Enid had eight hits, including a 3-for-4 performance by McCandless. Colgan was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Terry was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Both McCandless and Terry had doubles. Knott had an RBI. Polston scored the Jets’ othe run.

Ballard had five RBI for the Aggies.

Zach Bradford took the loss for NOC Enid, allowing nine hits over 52⁄3 innings. He gave up six runs, only two of which were earned.

Bradford struck out two and walked one. He gave up all three home runs.

Winning pitcher Hunter Raley gave up six runs in five innings, but struck out six and walked only one.

The two teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at David Allen.

 Austin Hannum and Dillon Freie are scheduled to pitch for the Jets.

“If we can keep up the intensity we had today and make the proper adjustments we can come up on the good end of it,’’ Mansfield said.

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