Tahlequah Daily Press

May 10, 2014

Baseball season comes to a close for NSU


— SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Northeastern State baseball team saw its season come to a close with a 10-3 loss Friday morning to Emporia State at the 2014 MIAA Championship at Hammons Field.

The RiverHawks (26-28), seeded No. 8 in the tournament and winners of two straight against No. 1 Central Missouri in the opening round, dropped both games in Springfield and finished 2-2 overall in postseason play.

The Hornets (37-17) move on to the finals of the loser’s bracket and will take on Central Oklahoma for the right to face Missouri Western State in the championship.

Emporia State got on the board with three run in the first two innings, but NSU was able to cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the home half of the second.

The visitors on the scoreboard blew the game open with a five-spot in the fifth and two in the sixth, and the RiverHawks had no answer.

Northeastern State was outhit 14-8, and no member of the team had more than one hit, one RBI or one run scored.

True freshman Ryan Helsley (7-4), who was recently honored as the MIAA Freshman of the Year, suffered just his second loss in his last nine starts. He conceded eight runs in 10 hits across 4.2 frames, while walking four and striking out two.

Toby Cornejo paced ESU with a 3-for-4 effort. He also added two runs. Justin Harris, Price Jacobs and Jordan Hodges also finished with two hits each. Dakota McKaskle (8-2) tossed a complete game and allowed just three runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked just one.