By MATT REYNOLDS
A late home run propelled Southeastern Oklahoma State University over Northeastern State, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon at Rousey Field. Cody Coats of Southeastern roped a ball out to left field that just trickled over the wall for a solo home run in the top of the ninth, giving Coats his second home run on the day.
“We need to do a better job of two-strike hitting. We stuck out way to many times,” Northeastern State coach Travis Janssen said.
Northeastern State struck out 11 times on Tuesday afternoon while picking up only one base-on-balls.
Southeastern wasted no time striking in the first inning when Evan Ramsey doubled down the line to score Brayon Colley.
After giving up a run in the first inning, the RiverHawks’ starting pitcher Hayden Walsh threw three straight scoreless innings.
In the top of the fifth, the Savage Storm stuck again off of a Coats bomb over the left-field fence. Walsh would finish the top of the fifth inning, but did not come out for the top of the sixth.
“Hayden did a really good job he has been pitching better of late,” said Janssen. “It was really nice to see. Hopefully that can be a more permanent thing.”
In the bottom of the fifth and sixth the RiverHawks had no answers to the two runs put up by Southeastern. The seventh was a different story.
Northeastern State started the inning off with a Cody Robinson double to right-center field. After Robinson was advanced on a fielder’s choice, Braden Brown had his number called by Janssen to pinch hit with one out.
The junior out of Liberty, Mo., delivered a line drive into right field, bringing home Robinson for Northeastern State’s first run of the day. The RiverHawks could not plate anymore runs across in the bottom of the seventh.
“That was a big hit for us” said Janssen. “One thing about Braden is that he always competes.”
The momentum off of the run in the seven carried over to the bottom of the eighth for the RiverHawks. A one-out double down the left line from Cody Begovich put a runner in scoring position for the RiverHawks. David Weber stepped into the batter’s box and drilled a line shot into left to plate Begovich and tie the game at two.
Northeastern State is now on a five-game losing streak and the loss drops the RiverHawks’ record to 14-18 on the season. NSU will be at home on Friday against Nebraska Kearney.