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February 26, 2014

NSU baseball ends six-game skid

CLAREMORE — The Northeastern State baseball team defeated Rogers State 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Diamond Sports Complex to snap a six-game losing streak.

The RiverHawks (3-6) fell behind early but used multiple Hillcat (7-4) mistakes to secure the victory.

Chase Knott opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when a single plated Alex Cochran, who finished with half of RSU’s four hits.

NSU junior Cayle Shambaugh led off the top of the second with a single, advanced to second base on an error from the pitcher and later scored on a wild pitch. Senior Mitch Stevenson also scored in the frame to put NSU ahead for good.

NSU’s David Weber added an insurance run in the third when he touched home on a sacrifice fly from Shambaugh. Weber led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A fly out to right field from senior Cody Robinson helped Weber move to third, and then Shambaugh brought him home with a sac fly to right field.

Stevenson scored in the sixth to put NSU on top by the final 4-1 margin, and the Hillcats were never able to respond.

After starting the season three-for-14 at the plate, Shambaugh came on strong against RSU with a three-for-4 effort. He drove home one and scored once. Stevenson added a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored as the duo had five of NSU’s seven hits.

NSU’s Zack Hammock (2-0) earned the win on the mound after allowing just one unearned run on two hits in the first 3 2/3 frames. Sequoyah alum Ryan Helsley tossed the next 2 1/3 innings and only conceded two hits, and junior Clay Debban, freshman Bryce Davenport and junior Seth Hudson all got an inning of work. None of the final three relievers allowed a hit or a run.

Zach Tyson (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs in 2 innings.

NSU will return home Thursday for to open a four-game set against Central Missouri.

The two clubs will begin with a doubleheader on Thursday.

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