Northeastern State logged a sweep over visiting Arkansas Tech at Rousey Field here Wednesday afternoon. The RiverHawks (18-12) took the opener, 11-8, then posted a 9-6 win over the error-prone Wonder Boys (16-20) in the nightcap to complete the deal.
A three-run second inning and another tally in the fourth helped NSU build a 4-1 advantage. However, ATU tied the game at 4-all with three in the fifth. The RiverHawks took the lead for good in their half of the fifth when Chad Davidson scored on an error and Dan Skelly drove home Kegan Knight on a ground-out.
After pushing five runs across in the sixth for an 11-4 cushion, ATU put together a modest rally to score four times off three home runs to pull within 11-8. Roldan Ochoa came aboard and induced the final out on his first pitch when Kenny Spencer flied out to center.
TJ Foster recorded the win to improve to 1-0 on the year. Davidson hit his first homer of the year, a 2-run shot to right-field in the sixth, to lead NSU's nine-hit attack.
In the nightcap, the RiverHawks again took the lead early with four runs aided by two Wonder Boys' errors, in the first.
Tech took a 5-4 lead with a 5-run third off starter Cody Honea (2-1) before NSU's bats came back to life.
Northeastern State tied the game in the fourth when Chris Gallegos singled to center to score Knight. Two runs in the fifth put NSU ahead to stay. Gavin Johnson's RBI single plated Greg Jackson for the go-ahead run and Johnson later scored on a fielding error for a 7-5 margin.
ATU scored once in the sixth to get within 7-6. Honea recorded two outs and left a runner on third when he was lifted for Trevor Walch. Walch gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced and a walk before striking out Jonathan Finnegan to end the inning.
Walch got the run back and added an insurance run for the RiverHawks in the sixth when he belted a triple to center that scored Skelly. Walch then came home when the relay was mishandled in the outfield to give NSU a 9-6 lead.
Ochoa closed out the game by retiring the side in order in the seventh to log his fifth save of the year. Knight was 3-for-4, while Gallegos and Skelly collected a pair of hits apiece in NSU's 13-hit game.
Tech committed seven errors in the game which led to seven unearned runs for NSU.
The doubleheader sweep avenged an pair of earlier losses to Arkansas Tech. ATU posted wins of 16-0 and 15-9 when the teams met in February.
Northeastern State will play at Lindenwood this weekend with a twinbill on Friday and a single game on Saturday in St. Charles, Mo.