Tahlequah Daily Press

February 14, 2014

NSU begins 2014 with sweep


— SEARCY, Ark. — The Northeastern State baseball team kicked off the 2014 season with a doubleheader sweep over Harding Thursday afternoon at Jerry Moore Field.

“We’re very happy to get a couple of wins to start the season,” NSU coach Travis Janssen said. “I thought we played well in a lot of areas in the game, which is very encouraging. We weren’t too good offensively today, but some of that is to be expected because we haven’t been outside much lately and the guys had some opening-day jitters. I was really proud of our defense and pitching. Our pitching was the high point of the day.”

The RiverHawks (2-0) used a big inning to overpower the Bisons (2-2) in the first game, and they followed that up with three manufactured runs in the second contest to register a second victory.

Seniors David Weber and Mitch Stevenson, along with junior Preston Cash, all had hits in both games. Junior closer Seth Hudson pitched the final inning in both contests and picked up a save in the second game.



NSU 5, Harding 0 (first game)

The only runs of the game occurred in the top of the sixth, when NSU exploded for five runs. The two teams entered the frame with just a combined five hits.

Junior Tyler Wilkins and senior David Weber led off the frame with back-to-back singles, and they were moved 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt from junior newcomer Dante Broom. Wilkins scored the first run of the game when senior Cody Robinson was hit by a pitch. A single from junior Cayle Shambaugh brought home both Weber and Stevenson, who was intentionally walked earlier. Robinson stole home on a double steal attempt, and Shambaugh later scored on a double from Staggs.

Junior Kyle Shambaugh earned the victory on the mound after throwing 5.1 innings. He struck out two, did not issue any walks or runs and only allowed three hits. Senior Addison Williams threw 0.2 innings of relief and Hudson tossed the final frame.



NSU 3, Harding 2 (second game)

The RiverHawks and Bisons exchanged runs in the first frame, and the home team plated a go-ahead run in the bottom half of the second to take its first lead of the day.

Northeastern State responded with a two-run fourth, and the relievers took care of business down the stretch to not allow another run.

Freshman Zack Hammock appeared in his first-career game and threw 2.0 innings of relief to earn the victory. Junior transfer Bryan McClellan started the game and tossed 3.0 innings before being relieved by junior Hayden Walch. McClellan allowed two runs on three hits. Walch did not concede a run or a hit, but he did walk three batters in 0.2 innings.

Hudson threw the seventh inning and picked up a save.

Broom and Robinson were both 2-for-3 and they split half of NSU’s hits.