Tahlequah Daily Press

March 11, 2014

Tigers beat Memorial for district win

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— 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.

Second game: NSU 9, Lindenwood 7

There were four lead changes in the series finale, but a decisive home run from Burgess in the eighth put NSU on top for good.

A home run by Robinson gave Northeastern State the early 1-0 lead after one inning, but Ryan Light scored in the top of the second on a double from Vallandingham to tie the score. Wade Rothermich and Roam both scored in the third, and Light scored again in the fourth to put the visitors ahead 4-1.

Robinson scored on a Singleton double in the home half of the fourth, and junior Braden Brown cut the deficit to 4-3 when he scored on a sac bunt from Walker.

The Lions added a fifth run in the sixth, but a two-run homer from Singleton and another run from Stevenson gave the RiverHawks a 6-5 lead. Singleton’s home run went well over the scoreboard in right field.

Lindenwood came right back and used a solo shot from Rothermich and another run from Roam to take a 7-6 lead, but NSU would strike again in the eighth and take the lead for good. An error by the second baseman that would’ve ended the inning plated Singleton, and Burgess hit a two-run homer that gave Northeastern State the final 9-7 advantage.

Singleton and Burgess both went 3-for-4 and drove home three runs. Robinson was 2-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored.

McClellan (2-1) came on in relief and picked up the win. He threw 2.2 innings and only allowed one hit. He struck out four and did not concede a walk or a run. Juniors Hayden Walch and Clay Debban tossed the first 6.1 frames and combined to allow seven runs (five earned) on six hits.

Rothermich led LWU with a 3-for-5 effort. He also threw the first 5.2 innings and took a no decision after allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits. Geoff Hartlieb (0-2) was saddled with the loss after conceding three unearned runs in the final 2.1 frames.

Light finished 0-for-2 at the plate, but he scored three runs.

Northeastern State will stay at home and compete against Rogers State in a non-conference tilt at 2 p.m. March 11.

NSU softball spilts with Lindenwood

The Northeastern State softball team split a doubleheader against Lindenwood University at RiverHawks Park Monday afternoon.

The Lions (3-10, 1-3 MIAA) won the first game 3-1, and the RiverHawks (13-7, 3-1 MIAA) won the second game 3-1.

First game: LWU 3, NSU 1

Both teams remained scoreless until the home half of the third frame, when a single to left field from freshman Lauren Flanary plated freshman Tori Venable and put NSU on top. Venable reached base on a walk.

Lindenwood answered back in the top of the fourth inning and scored two runs to lead the

RiverHawks 2-1. The Lions would secure their lead in the top of the sixth with an insurance run. The visitors would hold on for the series-opening victory.

Sophomore Kayce Wooldridge (6-3) tabbed the loss in the circle after throwing a complete game. She allowed five hits and three runs.

Second game: NSU 3, LWU 1

The RiverHawks opened up early in the game to score two runs in the bottom of the second frame and lead LU 2-0. Scoring for NSU was junior Alyssa Aguilar on a bases loaded walk from Flanary. Senior Allyson Pogue plated fellow senior Madison Reed on a single to the shortstop.

The Lions scored their lone run in the top of the third frame.

Northeastern State plated an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the victory. Senior Megan Robison scored on single from Reed. Robison reached base on a double to left center.

Reed led NSU with two hits and two RBI.

Senior Shelbie Wagnon (1-0) tabbed her first win of the season in the circle. She threw five frames, allowed two hits and one unearned run. Senior Kylee Cole earned her first save, as she pitched the final two innings.

“A lot of positives came out of this weekend. This is a pretty tough conference, so anytime you can go 3-1 in a weekend, you’re happy about that,” NSU coach Clay Davis said. “Today we played a tough and athletic Lindenwood team. Their pitcher in the first game did a great job of changing speeds, and we were late as far as trying to figure her out. We also had a couple mental mistakes and a physical mistake, which will cause you to lose 3-1.”

“I was very proud of our team to bounce back in the second game and show a little bit of mental toughness for us. We got big pitching from the seniors. Shelbie Wagnon only gave up one unearned run in five innings. Kylee Cole then came in during a tough situation and threw strikeout after strikeout. We have a great change of pace between Shelbie and Kylee.”     

The RiverHawks will host a non-conference doubleheader against Rogers State in a Tuesday at 2 p.m. at RiverHawks Park.

RiverHawks earn 1st MIAA triumph

The No. 35-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team collected its first MIAA win of the season with a 7-2 victory over Washburn Monday afternoon at the WU Tennis Complex.

The RiverHawks (6-4, 1-1 MIAA) snapped a short-lived two-match losing streak, while the Ichabods (1-4, 0-2 MIAA) dropped their second in a row.

The newly-formed team of senior Martina Bruzikova and freshman Valeriia Efimenko put NSU on top first with an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles over Jodie Blackim and Kirsten Holle.

The RiverHawks would win the doubles competition when sophomore Kristina Savchenkov and freshman Maria Lodge defeated Nzingha Banks and Casyn Buchman 8-2 at the third position. Washburn got on the board when Sophie O’Neill and Gwen Shepler topped sophomores Kate Nesbitt and Lucia Cerchlanova 9-8 (7-4) on the second doubles court.

Cerchlanova, Savchenkov and Lodge kicked off singles play with straight-set wins to secure the victory for Northeastern State. Cerchlanova defeated Maria Moral-Carretero 6-1, 6-2 on the fourth court, Savchenkov defeated O’Neill 6-2, 6-1 at the top of the lineup, and Lodge dropped Holle 6-2, 6-3 from the fifth position.

WU earned its second point of the match on the sixth court, when Shepler defeated Nesbitt 6-1, 6-3. NSU would take the final two courts, when Efimenko defeated Blackim 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Bruzikova topped Buchman 6-2, 6-4 from the third position.

Northeastern State will now travel to Edmond, Okla., for a 2 p.m. match March 11 with No. 42 Central Oklahoma.