4-26-07 - Jared Johnson lined a two-run to left field to cap a three-run fifth inning to give Southeastern Oklahoma State a 5-3 win over East Central in Game 1 Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant.
The win was the fifth straight for the Savage Storm, who surged over the .500 mark for the first time since claiming a season opening win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. SOSU improved to 26-25 and 12-9 in the LSC North, while East Central dropped to 8-44 and 2-19.
The Tigers roared out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first keyed by former SOSU player Scott Nevland's two-run double down the left-field line, but the lead was shortlived as the Savage Storm countered in the bottom of the inning.
David Newell started the rally with a single through the left side of the ECU infield then advanced to third on Randall Clay's double to left.< /p>
Daniel Hoegh followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Newell, while Clay came around to tied the game 2-2 on Robbie Morris' double to the left-field gap.
East Central reclaimed the lead in the third when Josh Walker led off the inning with homer to left field.
Walker's shot chased Southeastern starter Colby Oller, who lasted one batter into the third and allowed three runs on four hits before giving way to the bullpen.
Like Oller, Brady Huckabee and Jordan Semore never quite put a lid on ECU offense as the Tigers bled out 13 hits, but left 11 runners on base as the two SOSU relievers delivered five innings of scoreless ball.
The Savage Storm tacked three more runs on ECU starter Brad Staggs in the fifth inning.
Newell drew a lead off walk, then advanced to third on Hoegh's double to left field to set up the big inning.
The Tigers elected to intentionally walk Morris to pitch to Mason Parham, who rolled out weakly to the shortstop to pl ate the tying and move the other two runners into scoring position.
Johnson followed with a two-run single to give the Savage Storm a 5-4 lead.
Semore claimed the win for the Storm to even his season record at 6-6.
Hoegh and Johnson paced the SOSU attack with two hits each.
Daniel Hoegh was too much for East Central Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant.
The senior right fielder finished a perfect 6-for-6 in the twin bill and hit a school record tying three home runs to lead the Savage Storm to a 14-4 Game 2 win over East Central.
The win improves Southeastern to 27-25 on the season and moves it closer to an LSC Postseason Tournament berth with a 13-9 mark against the LSC North.
More importantly, the Storm improves its combined conference record to 26-20 as its .565 winning percentage moves them past idle Texas A&M-Kingsville, which owns a 22-18 (.550) mark.
Southeastern closes the season with a three-game set at Northeastern State this weekend while Texas A&M-Kingsville travels to Eastern New Mexico. The Savage Storm can clinch a playoff spot with a sweep.
Southeastern finished a season sweep of the rival Tigers thanks in large part to Hoegh's monster day - and to a 10-run, eight-hit barrage in the third inning.
Hoegh delivered a two-run shot in the first inning, another two-run poke in the third, then crushed a solo homer to right field in the sixth. The first two shots were of the opposite field variety. Hoegh also added a single also in the third.
It was the eighth time a Southeastern player hit three home runs in a single game and the first time since Sean Cawood had three in a 31-6 win over West Texas A&M on Feb. 5, 2005.
Hoegh has now hit six homers over his last eight games, while compiling a .500 batting average with four doubles and 11 RBIs for a 1.1875 slugging percentage.
Hoegh's hitting clinic overshadowed the Savage Storm's best offensive inning of the season.
Southeastern sent 13 batters to the plate in the third and scored 10 runs while four different players delivered two-ru n hits.
Mason Parham drove in two with a single and Lance Powers had a two-run double, while Hoegh and Erik Hughes blasted two-run home runs in the inning. Robbie Morris added a bunt single for an RBI, and Brad Northcott drove in another with a double.
C.J. Stewart worked four innings to improve to 4-1 on the season. He allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking one.
Kevin Peoples (0-3) took the loss for East Central lasting 2 1/3 innings while yielding nine runs on seven hits.
The Tigers, who close the season with a three-game series against Southwestern Oklahoma State this weekend, fell to 8-45 and 2-20.