ENID, Okla. — Northeast Nebraska’s offense slammed the door on Northern Oklahoma College Enid as the Hawks swept the Jets in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
The Hawks extended their lead from four runs to eight in the seventh inning before earning a 10-5 game one victory. The Hawks continued to pour on runs in game two to end the series with a 9-3 win.
Northeast (3-1) scored a combined 33 runs in its 3-1 series win over the Jets (1-3). NOC Enid scored 19 runs in the series.
Hawks offense soars
After a scoreless first inning, Northeast drew first blood with an RBI single from Caden Hill. The hit also put another baserunner in scoring position. But NOC Enid starter Dylan Turner closed the door by striking out Colin Lynam.
But Northeast came back at Turner in the top of the fourth inning. Hill drove in another run by reaching first base on a fielding error.
With two men on base, Turner loaded the base by hitting the next batter. Braden Hill relieved Turner in hopes of try of closing out the inning but allowed another run by hitting the first batter he faced.
Sophomore Alec Buonasera was able to get the Jets on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning by hitting an RBI double to centerfield. Then fellow sophomore Matthew Henderson made it a 3-2 game with an RBI double to the same spot.
Northeast responded in the top of the fifth by scoring three runs. After Hill walked a batter with the bases loaded, S Webster and Hill both hit sacrifice flies to drive in runs.
Lynam drove in a run in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly of his own which kick-started a three-run effort by the Hawks.
With two outs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, NOC Enid tried to rally. Freshman Ambren Voitik knocked an RBI single to centerfield before freshman Conor Thaxton drove in a run off a double to left field.
But the Hawks closed out the game by grounding out Buonasera.
Turner led the Jets with five strikeouts through his 3 2/3 innings of work.
Errors costly in Game Two
Northeast scored nine runs through three innings of game two, an offensive explosion that began in the top of the third inning.
With a man on base, NOC Enid starter Brandon Eropkin walked consecutive batters to load the bases. His third-straight walk allowed Northeast to take the 1-0 lead.
NOC Enid committed two errors in game two and both errors led to the Hawks scoring runs.
After Northeast took a 1-0 lead, NOC Enid freshman catcher Logan Rutledge committed an error, allowing Derek Botaletto to score from third base. Then, three more runs scored after a pair of wild pitches from Eropkin and freshman relief pitcher Thomas Little.
Freshman right-hander Trent Ritter closed out the inning. Eropkin finished his start by allowing four runs off three hits through 2 1/3 innings.
Bales and Houston Fogelstrom each hit two-run home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to give Northeast a nine-run advantage.
NOC Enid eventually got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning after sophomore Brett Smith drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Thaxton recorded the Jets’ only RBI hit in the bottom of the seventh. Voitik was able to score on a wild pitch for NOC Enid’s third and final run.
NOC Enid will return to David Allen Memorial Ballpark on Saturday when the Jets host Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) for a doubleheader.