Tahlequah Daily Press

March 26, 2014

Helsley named MIAA Pitcher of the Week

NSU and state briefs

From staff and wire reports

— Ryan Helsley was named the MIAA AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday.

The true freshman and former Sequoyah standout finished three outs shy of a no-hitter in the second game of the Lincoln series this past weekend. He threw 6.0 innings and did not give up an earned run, while improving to 2-2 on the season.

He struck out six and did not concede a hit until the first batter of the seventh inning. The hit was a bloop single that narrowly missed being caught by the right fielder. He threw 77 pitches and faced 25 batters, while administering seven fly outs and five ground outs.

This is the second time this season an NSU player has been honored, as senior outfielder Cody Robinson was named the MIAA Hitter of the Week on Feb. 18. This also marks the second time a RiverHawk has won the weekly pitcher accolade, as former NSU great Trevor Walch won the award on April 3, 2013.



OSU wrestler arrested on drug, alcohol charges

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma State University wrestler has been arrested in Oklahoma City on drug and alcohol charges.

The Oklahoman reported Tuesday that 20-year-old Edward Klimara was arrested at Redneck Yacht Club early Saturday after a man told officers he saw Klimara with a bag containing a white powder.

Police say the powder tested positive for cocaine.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Klimara. An OSU spokesman says Klimara has been dismissed from the wrestling team for violating team rules.



RiverHawks salvage split against Rogers State

CLAREMORE — The Northeastern State softball team split a doubleheader with Rogers State on Tuesday Night at the Hillcat Softball Field.

The RiverHawks (22-12) fell to the Hillcats (10-21) 8-2 in the first game but then went on to defeat RSU 5-4 in the nightcap.

First game: RSU 8, NSU 2

The Hillcats struck first in the opening game of the doubleheader with a three-run third inning. Northeastern State plated two runs in the top of the sixth frame on a home run over the center field wall by sophomore Saharra Henson. Senior Madison Reed also scored after reaching base on a fielding error by the third baseman.

The home run proved to be NSU’s only power move of the game as the Hillcats scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Northeastern State 8-2 in seven innings.

Henson recorded NSU’s lone hit of the game. This marked the fourth time in the last six games that the RiverHawks finished with three hits or less.

Senior Shelbie Wagnon (2-2) suffered the loss in the circle after throwing 5 1/3 innings. She allowed seven hits and seven runs. Sophomore Alex Files came in for relief and recorded the final two outs. She gave up three hits and one run.

Second game: NSU 5, RSU 4

Rogers State’s Makenzie Kirk reached base in the home half of the second inning to score in Carley Conley to put RSU on the board with one. Kirk then would score the second run of the frame on a double down the left field line to improve the Hillcats score to 2-0.

Northeastern State answered back with its biggest inning in eight games. The RiverHawks plated five runs in the top of the third frame to take the lead over RSU 5-2. Junior Alyssa Aguilar singled up the middle to score Henson and senior Allyson Pogue. Henson reached base on a single through the left side and Pogue reached on a single up the middle. Freshman Madison Boyd scored on a wild pitch followed by a big home run shot to left center by senior Megan Robison to score Aguilar.

The Hillcats scored one run in the bottom of the fifth and one run in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4, but the RiverHawks five-run frame proved to be enough to ensure the win 5-4 over Rogers State.

Robison led the RiverHawks with four hits and two RBI. Senior Navada Campos added two hits, while Aguilar tabbed two RBI.

Sophomore Kayce Wooldridge (11-6) took the win in the circle after throwing a complete game. She allowed nine hits and four runs.

NSU amassed 12 hits, which was the third-highest total recorded in a game this season and the highest total recorded in the past 19 games.

The RiverHawks will be back in action against Central Missouri with a doubleheader set to begin at 4 p.m. on March 28 at the Jennies Softball Field at the South Recreation Complex in Warrensburg, Mo.



NSU golfers finish 10th

MENIFEE, Calif. – The Northeastern State men’s golf team finished 10th after Tuesday’s final round of the CBU Invitational, which was held at the par-72, 6,576-yard Menifee Lakes Country Club.

The RiverHawks carded a final-round score of 303 to land at 31-over-par 895 (293-299-303). The team was jumped by BYU-Hawaii, who shot 297 in the final round to finish ninth at 27-over 891 (301-293-297).

No. 16-ranked Western New Mexico won the tournament at 8-over 872 (285-288-299), while Colorado Christian (291-293-291) and Simon Fraser (282-292-301) split second-place honors at 11-over 875.

Junior Brad Hager was NSU’s low finisher, as he used a career-low opening round to carry him to a 21st-place effort. He finished at 4-over 220 (68-75-77). Sophomore Brent Williamson (73-76-75) and freshman Tate Williamson (74-73-77) tied for 33rd at 8-over 224, while freshman Marc Johnson landed in 49th at 11-over 227 (78-75-74) and sophomore Michael Varner finished solo 84th at 23-over 239 (80-80-79).

Western New Mexico’s David Metz won individuals honors at 9-under 207 (68-71-68). He finished three strokes lower than his nearest competitor.

NSU will be back in action next week at the UCO Broncho Invitational, which will be held at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.



NSU scores late to beat Arkansas-Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. — The Northeastern State baseball team topped the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 5-3 Tuesday afternoon at Crowder Field.

The RiverHawks (14-13) won their fifth in a row and crept above the .500 mark for the first time since the opening week of the season, while the Lions (13-13) had a four-game win streak snapped.

Northeastern State got on the board first in the second inning when a pair of singles from freshman Bryce Davenport and sophomore Cody Begovich plated senior Ryan Staggs and sophomore Andrew Walker.

The Lions answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 2-2. Matt Turner singled home Brennan Rogers, and a fielder’s choice from J.C. Baxley brought home Koby Chadick.

Davenport drove home junior Cayle Shambaugh in the top of the fourth, but UAFS again tied the score when a Rogers single brought home Mitch Huckabay in the bottom of the seventh.

After a scoreless eighth, Northeastern State plated two runs in the top of the ninth to take the victory. Begovich scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch after singling, stealing second and reaching third on a single from David Weber. Weber later added an insurance run on an error from the shortstop.

Junior Seth Hudson (1-0) picked up his first-career victory on the mound after tossing the final two innings. He only gave up one hit and no runs. Freshman Zack Hammock took the bump to start the contest and lasted 2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Freshman Bobby Sehgal pitched the next 3 1/3 frames and gave up no runs on just two hits. Shambaugh threw 1 2/3 innings between Sehgal and Hudson, and he conceded one run on two hits.

NSU outhit Arkansas-Fort Smith 10-9, and Weber led the way with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate. Begovich and Davenport also finished with two hits.

Four of the first five batters for UAFS had two hits each. Three members of the team had one RBI and the three runs were scored by three different batters.

Jordan Hammer (0-1) was the fourth pitcher used in the game, and he was saddled with the loss after conceding two runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Gatlin Watson started for UAFS and lasted just 1 2/3 frames after allowing two runs on five hits.

Northeastern State returns to action March 28-30 with a four-game road MIAA series against Central Oklahoma.



Oral Roberts blanks OU

TULSA — Senior Pepe Gomez delivered the second complete game shutout by an Oral Roberts University pitcher in the last three games as the Golden Eagles blanked No. 28 Oklahoma on Tuesday evening 3-0 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Gomez (2-2) allowed just five hits and struck out five to help move ORU’s overall mark to 11-12, while the Sooners dropped to 18-7 on the year. It was Gomez’s first complete game and longest outing as a Golden Eagle.

It was the first time the Golden Eagles have beaten the Sooners since June 4, 2011, when ORU won 7-0 at the Fort Worth Regional. The victory also snapped a five-game losing skid against Oklahoma.

Six different Golden Eagles recorded singles in the contest, including a RBI single by Dean Wilson in the bottom of the second to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0.

In sixth inning, the Golden Eagles plated their other two runs of the evening as Logan Domenico drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded to push in Jose Trevino and Matt Brandy scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Audie Afenir, extending the lead to 3-0.

Trevino, Domenico, Afenir and Brandon Healy each picked up hits in the contest.

Craig Aikin and Niko Buentello each picked up a hit and walk in the loss for the Sooners. OU used four pitchers with Robert Tasin (2-1) taking the loss after going 3.2 innings with four hits and a run scored.

Despite three errors in the game, the Golden Eagles continue to turn the double play, with two against the Sooners, including a double play started by Gomez in the top of the seventh inning. ORU has a total of 26 double plays this season.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Golden Eagles as they host Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at J.L. Johnson Stadium.