Tahlequah Daily Press

March 12, 2014

Tahlequah soccer loses two at Hilldale

Local briefs

From staff and wire reports

— MUSKOGEE — Both Tahlequah soccer teams suffered a pair of 4-1 losses at Hilldale on Tuesday night.

Both Tahlequah teams fell to 0-1 on the season.

In the boys game, all five goals were scored in the second half. Saul Medina scored Tahlequah’s only goal.

Both Tahlequah teams will now be off until March 25 when they will play at Catoosa.

Cougars drop diamond matchup

MULDROW — The Keys baseball team lost a 6-4 game at Muldrow on Tuesday. The Cougars are now 2-2.

No other information on the game was reported prior to deadline time. Keys’ next game will be Friday at home against Warner.

Hulbert softball beat Chouteau

HULBERT — Hulbert used an eight-run second inning to beat Chouteau, 14-10, on Tuesday afternoon in slowpitch softball action.

Tina Buford and Ashlyn Riley both collected three hits and scored two runs apiece to lead the offensive charge for Hulbert. Krista Bowlin drove in four runs for the Lady Riders, who had all but one player drive in a run during the game.

NSU softball beats Rogers St. twice

The Northeastern State softball team defeated Rogers State twice in extra innings Tuesday afternoon at RiverHawks Park.

The RiverHawks (15-7) scored twice in the eighth inning of the first game to defeat the Hillcats (4-15) 7-6, and NSU followed that up with a three-run eighth to take the second game 4-3.

First game: NSU 7, RSU 6

Northeastern State plated two runs in the bottom of the first frame to lead Rogers State 2-0. Freshman Lauren Flanary scored on a throwing error made by the short stop. Flanary reached base on a leadoff single to left field. Senior Madison Reed stole home after reaching base on an infield single.

The RiverHawks held the Hillcats scoreless for three frames and scored one run in the bottom of the third inning to improve the lead 3-0. Freshman Krysti Cearley scored on a single shot from junior Alyssa Aguilar. Cearley reached base after being hit by a pitch.

RSU’s offense struck in the top of the fourth inning scoring three runs to tie NSU 3-3.

Northeastern State took back the lead in the bottom of the fourth frame scoring senior Megan Robison. Robison reached home on a single up the middle from Cearley to pull past RSU 4-3.

The Hillcats challenged the RiverHawks’ lead by plating two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take over the lead 5-4.

NSU traded runs with RSU and plated one run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie up the score 5-5 and send the game into an extra inning.

The Hillcats knotched a lone run in the top of the eighth frame, which would improve their score to 6-5 over NSU. The RiverHawks did not back down and regained the lead by adding two runs to end the game and defeat Rogers State 7-6. NSU was able to load the bases and tie the game at 6-6, and freshman Madison Boyd drew a walkoff walk to plate the game-winning run in freshman Jaicey Robertson.

Sophomore Kayce Wooldridge (7-3) tabbed the win in the circle after throwing the final 3.2 innings. She allowed three hits and three runs. Sophomore Alex Files threw for the first 4.1 frames and allowed eight hits and three runs.

Flanary and Reed led in hits at two each while freshman Madison Boyd had two RBI. RSU outhit NSU 11-8, and both teams committed three errors.

Second game: NSU 4, RSU 3

The Hillcats scored in the top of the third frame to lead NSU 1-0. The RiverHawks tied RSU 1-1 in the bottom of the third frame. Freshman Ryan Martin scored on a single from Reed through the right side. Martin reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop.

Neither team scored the rest of the way, so another extra inning was needed to decide proceedings. Rogers State jump on top first with a two-run eighth, and the visitors went on top 3-1.

Northeastern State wrapped the game up in the bottom of the eighth scoring Flanary, Reed and Boyd to improve the RiverHawks score and defeat RSU 4-3. Reed led off the frame with a single, and sophomore Saharra Henson hit a sacrifice fly to plate Flanary. Boyd hit an RBI single to tie the score, and she scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

Junior Laura Fleck (2-1) tabbed the win in the circle after throwing a complete game against her former team. She allowed eight hits and three runs in the eight-inning contest. Fleck spent two years at Rogers State and transferred to Northeastern State this past summer.

Reed and Henson each had two hits for NSU, and the Hillcats outhit the RiverHawks 8-7.

Northeastern State will host Pittsburg State on March 14 for a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. at RiverHawks Park.

Hillcats knock off RiverHawks

The Northeastern State baseball team lost a 12-11 non-conference tilt to Rogers State Tuesday afternoon at Rousey Field.

The RiverHawks fell to 8-10 overall, while the Hillcats improved to 11-7 on the year.

RSU jumped on top in the first when Alex Cochran scored on an RBI single from Chase Knott. NSU answered in the bottom of the second on an RBI bunt single from junior Justin Burgess. The bunt plated senior David Weber, who reached base on a single and moved over to third on a steal and a groundout from junior Tyler Wilkins.

The Hillcats manufactured three runs in the top of the third, but NSU quickly answered with two in the home half of the frame. Rogers State added an extra run in the fifth, but Northeastern State tied the game at 5-5 with two runs in the home half of the frame.

The two teams exchanged six runs each in the next two innings, and a solo home run from Blake Gipson in the top of the eighth would be the deciding factor in a back-and-forth contest.

Gipson finished 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Logan Palmer was 4-for-5, and Knott had two hits and three RBI for the visitors.

Senior Cody Robinson and Burgess both hit home runs, and Robinson moved into a tie for first in the nation with nine round-trippers this season. Burgess finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored.

RSU outhit NSU 14-13, and the Hillcats also committed more errors (5-2).

Zach Tyson (1-1) was the fourth pitcher used by Rogers State, and he earned the win after conceding two runs (one earned) on one hit in 1.1 innings. T.J. Law tossed a scoreless final two frames to pick up his second save of the year.

Burgess (0-1) came on to pitch in the eighth inning and took the loss after allowing the go-ahead solo home run to Gipson. Redshirt freshman Zach Poehl started for Northeastern State and lasted just 2.2 innings. He conceded four runs (three earned) on six hits. NSU used six pitchers in the game.

The RiverHawks will now head to Pittsburg, Kan., for a four-game road MIAA set with Pittsburg State March 14-16.

NSU snaps UCO’s 15-match home win streak

EDMOND — The No. 35-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team defeated No. 42 Central Oklahoma 6-3 Tuesday afternoon on the UCO Tennis Courts.

The win for the RiverHawks (7-4, 2-1 MIAA) snapped the Bronchos’ (7-3, 2-1 MIAA) 15-match home win streak, which dated all the way back to 2012.

NSU opened play with the first two points of the match. Senior Martina Bruzikova and freshman Valeriia Efimenko defeated Alina Gorina and Anna Braun 8-2 at the top of the doubles lineup. Junior Barbora Jirickova and sophomore Kristina Savchenkov then topped Emilie Semo and Petra Pesic 8-3 on the second doubles court.

UCO got its first point of the match at No. 3 doubles, where Kristina Richardson and Lauren Allison defeated sophomore Lucia Cerchlanova and freshman Maria Lodge 9-8 (7-5).

Northeastern State moved ahead 4-1 after the team took the first two singles courts, and the two squads split the final four singles matches.

Bruzikova was the first off court after she finished off Semo 6-1, 6-0 from the third position. Jirickova then defeated Braun 6-2, 6-1 on the fourth court. Richardson defeated Lodge 6-2, 6-2 from the fifth position, but Cerchlanova then defeated Allison 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on the sixth court to secure the team victory.

Gorina topped Savchenkov 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7) at the top of the order, but Efimenko closed the match with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 triumph over Pesic from the second position.

NSU now heads to Texas for a three-match swing beginning at 3 p.m. March 15 against Texas A&M-Kingsville in Austin, Texas.

NSU women golfers get 5th at UCO Classic

EDMOND — The No. 23-ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team finished fifth in Tuesday’s final round of the UCO Classic, which was played on the par-70, 6,700-yard KickingBird Golf Club.

The RiverHawks ended with a final round score of 319, just three strokes behind their round one score 316 to finish fifth and score 635. No. 7-ranked Central Oklahoma (625) took fourth while Oklahoma City University finished third (614). No. 16-ranked Arkansas Tech finished in second while Oklahoma Christian won the tournament with a score of 611.

Leading team NSU in the final round was freshman Baylee Price. Price shot a final round score of 75 and tied in seventh. Freshman Sofia Castiello matched Price’s score of 75 to finish tied for ninth.

Round one leader for NSU, junior Arizona Chin, carded a final round score of 82 to finish tied for 18th, while sophomore Kayla Schroeder finished tied for 46th after shooting a 87.

Junior Brooke Allison shot an 88 and ended the tournament tied for 69th.

The RiverHawks will travel for the West Florida Invitational held in Pensacola, Fla. March 31 at the Pensacola Country Club.

RiverHawks finish 6th at Dave Falconer Memorial

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — The Northeastern State men’s golf team finished sixth after firing a final-round score of 296 Tuesday at the Dave Falconer Memorial, which was held at the par-72, 7,047-yard Chamberlyne CC.

The RiverHawks improved on their first round by three strokes, but they slipped a spot to land at 19-over-par 595 (299-296). Henderson State won the tournament after carding a 4-over 580 (287-293), and Southwestern Oklahoma State was second at 10-over 586 (294-292).

Arkansas Tech (287-300=587), Harding (299-293=592) and Southern Nazarene (293-301=594) rounded out the top five.

Freshman Marc Johnson fired a 1-under 71 in the final round to vault 13 spots and land in the top 10. He finished at 3-over 147 (76-71). Junior Brad Hager shot a second-straight 74 to finish at 4-over 148 and remain in a tie for 18th. Freshman Tate Williamson shot 5-over 149 (74-75) to tie for 21st, sophomore Michael Varner shot an 8-over 152 (75-77) to tie for 33rd, and junior Josh Strimple finished at T-59 after shooting 13-over 157 (81-76).

Michael Hearne of Southern Nazarene maintained his first round lead and won individual honors at 4-under 140 (68-72).

Northeastern State returns to the links March 31-April 1 at the UCO Broncho Invitational, which will be contested at Gaillardia CC in Oklahoma City.