DURANT, Okla. – With its opportunities to pick up ground int he league standings running out, Southeastern got off to on the right foot with a double-header sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon, taking game one 4-0 before holding on for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
The sweep moves the Savage Storm to 18-19 overall on the year and 9-14 in Great American Conference play with the final game of the series set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday.
The opener saw Nick Johnson and Mason Crenshaw combine on a shutout victory, with Johnson tossing 6.2 innings and scattering six hits with six strikeouts before Crenshaw came on to throw the final 2.1 innings without allowing a hit and striking out one to earn the save.
Ryan Salter turned in a 3-for-3 effort in the game with a pair of runs scored, while Chevis Springer added a pair of hits.
Cody Coats, Trevor Bowen and Evan Ramseyeach drove in a run, while Salter stole a pair of bases.
Salter put the Storm on the board when he scored on a passed ball in the second inning.
A Bowen RBI single in the fourth would plate Salter again to double the edge to 2-0.
SE would add two more runs in the seventh inning, first on a sac fly by Ramsey that scored Bowen and the on a Coats single that plated Brayon Colley to fashion he 4-0 final score.
In game two, Bowen turned in a pair of hits, while Springer, Coats and Salter each added one.
Salter and Chance Burcham each added RBI, while Salter scored twice.
Canyon Conley got the start and earned the win after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
Crenshaw then came on to pick up his second save of the day by tossing 2.0 innings and allowing one hit while striking out three.
Salter opened scoring in the second inning by tripling home Coats fir the first run of the game and then followed up by stealing home to push that lead to 2-0.
NWOSU, would answer with a run in the fourth, but in the bottom of that inning Salter would come home on a ball put in play by Burcham to make the lead 3-1.
The Rangers would add one more run in the sixth to fashion he 3-2 final score.