Phoenix Staff Reports
CONNORS SWEEPS — No. 1 Connors State swept Rose State 4-0 and 4-1 to open Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball play Friday on the Raiders home field. Justin Hammill scattered five hits while striking out eight and didn’t allow a Raider runner to reach second until the seventh inning. Yariel Gonzalez led Connors at the plate with three hits and three RBIs.
Yamil Rivera was tagged for a solo home run in the second game. Justin Ferrell threw two innings for his third save. Both had plenty of offensive help as the Cowboys pounded out 14 hits. Gonzalez’s RBI single tied it in the third and Christian Perez and Jarrard Poteete both copied that in the fifth to take the lead for good, Perez adding another run-scoring single in the sixth.
NSU SPLITS — Sequoyah grad Ryan Helsley tossed a five-hitter for the first complete game by a RiverHawk since Kyle Shambaugh on April 9 of last season as the RiverHawks beat Nebraska-Kearney 2-1 in the opener of a twinbill at Tahlequah. Cody Robinson hit his 10th home run of the season and finished 2-for-3. NSU lost the second game 4-2.Kyle Singleton had two hits for NSU, but the RiverHawks (15-19, 11-15 MIAA) were outgunned 10-6 and were done in by three errors which the Lopers (20-13, 14-12) capitalized on.
NSU SWEPT — Playing in Edmond, Central Oklahoma (29-9, 17-1 MIAA) took the first game 3-1 over the RiverHawks (24-18, 10-8) and won the second game 7-4. NSU has now lost six in a row, which is the longest losing streak of the season.
OU-Texas gets new grid label
NORMAN — Same classic game with a re-energized brand: the 2014 annual meeting between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns is now the AT&T Red River Showdown.
AT&T Inc., the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas announced Friday the updated name as part of a brand refresh for the series, which includes a new game logo and individual team marks.