Phoenix Staff Reports
CONNORS 2-4, ARKANSAS TECH 1-5 — Korey Keith broke a scoreless game in the fifth with a two-run single which ultimately won the opener for the Cowboys (24-3), who had to settle for the split on the road.
Daniel Concepcion (4-0) worked five shutout innings, striking out seven. Justin Ferrell got his fifth save allowing one hit but walked three. Five Cowboys had one hit each.
Connors let a 2-0 lead evaporate in the finale. Kelvin Rivas (2-2) went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. Three Cowboys had two hits — Keith, Christian Perez and Hunter Simpson.
Connors, which earned a No. 9 ranking in the Perfect Game USA junior college poll this week, is home tonight against Northern-Enid.
MISSOURI SOUTHERN 12-5, NORTHEASTERN STATE 2-4— At Joplin, Mo., Eufaula native Trevor Walch (1-2) gave up three hits in 4 2/3 relief innings in the second game, including a two-out single in the ninth to cap a sweep by the Lions (16-10, 12-9 MIAA), winners of five straight.
NSU (12-13, 12-13) rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the fifth, with an RBI double by Kegan Knight and a two-run single by Trent Wilkins, but Kyle Shambaugh failed to make it out of the fifth without giving up the lead on a pair of runs. Knight was 3-for-3.
The Lions got 14 hits against six NSU pitchers in the opener. Cody Bergovich’s two-run homer in the third closed the gap to 3-2 and that was as close as it would get. Kegan Knight and David Weber each had two hits for the RiverHawks.
NSU goes to Topeka, Kan., for a Friday doubleheader against Washburn.
Connors 2, Arkansas Tech 1
Arkansas Tech 5, Connors 4
Missouri Southern 12, Northeastern State 2
Missouri Southern 5, Northeastern State 4
Arkansas 2, Miss. Valley State 1
Kansas at Oklahoma, 6:30 p.m.
Northern-Enid at Connors, 6:30 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6 p.m.
Oklahoma 7, Wichita State 1
Oklahoma 16, Wichita State 1
Arkansas 9, Missouri-Kan. City 1
Central Arkansas 1, Tulsa 0
Northern at Connors (2), 2 p.m.