Tahlequah Daily Press

College Sports

March 22, 2014

Singleton hits for cycle as NSU baseball sweeps Lincoln

The Northeastern State baseball team took a two-game set from Lincoln Friday afternoon at Rousey Field.

The RiverHawks (11-13, 8-10 MIAA) won the series opener 20-2 before adding a 13-1 triumph over the Blue Tigers (1-17, 0-14 MIAA) in the second game of the day.

Senior Kyle Singleton hit for the cycle in the first game, and true freshman pitcher Ryan Helsley, a Sequoyah alum, fell three outs shy of a no-hitter in the second game.

First game: Northeastern State 20, Lincoln 2

The RiverHawks exploded for their most runs since April 13, 2010, to take the series opener. The Blue Tigers struck first in the top of the first, but NSU posted an 11-spot in the home half of the frame and never looked back. The run total was the most in a single inning by a RiverHawks squad since the team joined the NCAA Division II in 1997.

NSU tacked on two more in the second, three in the third and a solo run in the fourth to move ahead 17-2. Then in the sixth, Singleton and sophomore Cody Begovich hit back-to-back home runs to left center to push the score to the final 20-2 margin.

Singleton finished 4-for-5 with four runs batted in and five runs scored. Sophomore Andrew Walked added three hits, and five other members of the team finished with two hits. True freshman Bryce Davenport was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Junior Kyle Shambaugh (2-2) threw 5.0 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out two and walked two. Junior Hayden Walch tossed the final two frames and only gave up on hit, while striking out two and walking one.

Martin Gulley led Lincoln with a 2-for-2 effort. Zach Roberts and Logan Smith scored LU’s two runs. Ryan Simpson (0-3) started on the mound but lasted just 0.2 innings. He allowed 11 unearned runs on eight hits. Gus Goodnight tossed 3.0 innings of relief and conceded seven runs on 10 hits. Zach York and Roberts also pitched in the first game.

NSU registered a season-high 21 hits and held Lincoln to just eight.

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