Rogers State baseball sweeps Northeastern State

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Rogers State Baseball Team completed a three-game sweep of Northeastern State Saturday with 12-4 and 14-7 wins in a doubleheader at Rousey Field.

 Brandon Bradshaw was one of several strong performers for the Hillcats, leading the way with eight hits over the two games. Bradshaw finished the day going 8-for-10 at the plate with a homerun, double, stolen base, four RBIs and six runs scored.

 Zack Mann was 5-for-9 at the plate, with a walk, two doubles, four runs and an RBI. Nick Follett had two homeruns, one in each game, going 4-for-10 with a walk, four RBIs and three runs scored.

 In game one, the Hillcats and RiverHawks both scored one run in the second inning and the game remained tied until Rogers State blew the game open with 11 runs in the sixth inning.

 Seth Gerardy started off the big inning with a two-RBI single to left field. Christopher Ford followed it up with a grand slam to put the Hillcats ahead 7-1.

 However, Rogers State wasn't finished, as Grant Farris, who extended his on-base streak to 22 games, hit an RBI single. Follett then hit a three-run homerun and Griffin Keller capped of the scoring with an RBI groundout.

 Corey Murphy picked up the win for the Hillcats with five innings of work, allowing one run on three hits and three walks. Murphy finished with six strikeouts.

 In game two, the Hillcats scattered runs over seven of the nine innings, including taking a lead in the top of the first they never relinquished.

 Bradshaw started off the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first. In the second inning, Ford hit a sacrifice fly to put the Hillcats up 2-0.

 After a run from the hosts in the bottom of the second, Rogers State answered back with four runs in the top of the third. Follett, Blake Chiaramonte and Brendan Griffith all had RBI hits with Griffith bringing home two runs.

 In the fourth inning, the Hillcats went up 10-3 as Bradshaw doubled home two runs and Chiaramonte hit a two-run homerun.

 In the sixth inning, Follett homered and Bradshaw would hit a homerun in the eighth.

 AJ Deason picked up the win with five innings of work. Deason allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks.

 The Hillcats will return to action on Tuesday, as Rogers State hosts East Central for a single game in non-conference play. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the Diamond Sports Complex.