POTEAU, Okla. —
Aaron McCandless drove in A.J. Wilson with the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to give NOC Enid a 2-1 win over Carl Albert Sunday and a sweep of an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Jets won the first game 5-1 as Dyce Applegate went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs with a triple. Russ Colgan went three-for-four.
The doubleheader allowed NOC Enid jump up to fourth in the OCAC standings at 5-11. They are 14-35 after the four-game sweep of the Vikings.
“Coach (head coach Raydon) Leaton and I have been preaching to them all year if you do things right and keep battling, good things will happen to you,’’ said Jets assistant Scott Mansfield. “If you put yourself in a position to win, you should.’’
Reliever Zach Bradford got the win in the nightcap, allowing only three hits over 61⁄3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
The Vikings had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh with the game tied 1-1 after a triple by Jordan Illis and walks to Trey Lee and Carter Cumbie. Bradford got out of the jam by striking out Matt Turner, getting Nick Walker to pop up and Jake Carter to fly out.
“That was a big turning point,’’ Mansfield said. “Bradford battled, attacked the zone and made guys get themselves out. That changed the momentum and we definitely took advantage of it.’’
The Jets loaded the bases in the eighth as A.J. Wilson was hit by a pitch, followed by singles by Braden Martin and Applegate. McCandless flew out to score Wilson with what would be the winning run.
“It just feels good to get two much-needed wins,’’ Mansfield said. “The guys want to make the next three weeks that we have guaranteed worth it. We still can achieve our goals of winning the conference tournament and going to the national tournament.’’
NOC Enid had scored in the first when Chase Knott singled in Colgan, who singled and advanced after a walk to Korbin Polston and a fielder’s choice by Sammy Terry. Carl Albert scored in the second.
McCandless, Colgan and Braden Martin all had two hits. NOC Enid had 10 hits overall.
The Jets got all the runs they would need in the first game with three tallies in the second. Applegate tripled home Terry and Knott. Dylan Walker had brought in Colgan with the first run on a sac fly.
NOC Enid added single runs in the fourth and fifth on a Braden Martin RBI sacrifice fly and a Terry RBI single.
Carl Albert scored its lone run in the sixth.
Austin Hannum, Dillon Freie and Kent Callison combined for a seven-hitter.
“Hannum and Dillon threw real well and Kent did his job,’’ Mansfield said. “We hit the ball real well and kept the pressure on them.’’
The Vikings scored only four runs in the four-game series. They scored only two runs in the last 26 innings
NOC Enid will host arch-rival NOC Tonkawa at 5 p.m. Wednesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. The two teams will play four games over four days — two at Enid (Wednesday and Friday) and two at Tonkawa (Thursday and Sunday). It will be the final series before the conference tournament.
“This is a big confidence booster,’’ Mansfield said. “We doing what we’re capable of. We’re going to continue to grind it out and keep things going.’’