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March 11, 2014

Tigers beat Memorial for district win

Local briefs

TULSA — Houston Glad pitched six scoreless innings and picked up the win for Tahlequah in a 2-1 victory over Memorial on Monday afternoon. Glad struck out nine and allowed one hit before giving way to Austin Riley, who picked up the save despite allowing a run in Memorial’s half of the seventh inning.

Tahlequah (1-1, 1-0 District 5A-3) tallied both of their runs in the first inning. Riley scored on a throwing and Glad scored on Marcus Cordle’s run-scoring single.

The two clubs will wrap up their two-game set at Tahlequah today at 4:30.

NSU baseball sweeps Lindenwood

The Northeastern State baseball team defeated Lindenwood University twice Monday afternoon at Rousey Field to pick up a series victory.

The RiverHawks (8-9, 5-7 MIAA) won the first game 19-10 and took the series finale 9-7 over the Lions (4-12, 2-6 MIAA). NSU won the series 3-1 with the help of seven home runs and two grand slams. The two teams split a doubleheader Sunday.

The two grand slams came in back-to-back innings and were both hit by junior Cayle Shambaugh. Seniors Cody Robinson and Kyle Singleton homered in both games, and junior Justin Burgess hit the winning blast in the second game.

First game: NSU 19, Lindenwood 10

The two teams exchanged runs in the first inning, and then the RiverHawks went to work. Junior Tyler Wilkins, Burgess and sophomore Andrew Walker all found their way on the base path in the second inning, and Shambaugh sent a 3-2 pitch screaming to straightaway center and over the wall.

Singleton led off the third with a home run to center field, and Burgess later joined seniors Ryan Staggs and Mitch Stevenson to again load the bases for Shambaugh. He took the first pitch he saw and sent a laser down the right field line for his second grand slam of the day.

NSU’s 11-1 lead would start to evaporate, however, as the Lions scored four in the fourth and five in the fifth to cut the advantage down to 11-10. The damage in those two frames could have been much worse, as Lindenwood left four runners stranded.

The RiverHawks would leave no doubt in the first game, as the home team plated eight more runs in the sixth inning to secure the 19-10 victory. Robinson led off the frame with a solo home run, and he later registered an RBI double. He scored twice in the sixth.

The eight runs in the sixth alone were more than NSU has scored in an entire game this season. The last time Northeastern State plated 19 runs in a game was on March 10, 2012, against Clarke University (19-13 victory).

Shambaugh finished 3-for-4 with eight runs batted in and three runs scored. Singleton was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, and Robinson had two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Burgess was also 3-for-3 at the plate. Both Burgess and Wilkins scored three times.

Junior Waylon Davis (1-2) allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 4.0 innings. He struck out four and walked three, doing just enough to secure his first win as a member of the RiverHawks. Junior Bryan McClellan earned his first save after not allowing a run in the final 2.0 innings. He struck out three and only allowed two hits.

Mike Failoni paced Lindenwood with a 3-for-4 effort. He also drove home three. Jerry Roam, Nick Kolley and Marshall Vallandingham all had two hits, and Vallandingham finished with two RBI and two runs scored.

Brenden Kleekamp (1-2) took the loss after conceding 11 runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings. The Lions used three relievers, and they combined to allow eight runs on 10 hits across the final 3.2 frames.

NSU outhit Lindenwood 18-13, and both teams committed just one error.

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