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.