PCC Splits with NOC-Enid in Non-Conference Action

28 March 2013

PCC Splits with NOC-Enid in Non-Conference Action

Pratt Community College was in action yesterday, March 27th here at Jud Stanion Field against NOC-Enid. Pratt took game one of the double-header in relatively easy fashion by a score of 7-1, but came out flat in game two and the Jets took advantage, taking game two by a score of 10-8.

The Beaver offense came out aggressive early, putting up three runs in both the first and third innings. In the first, first-baseman Justin Crouch came up with the big hit, driving a triple into left-center field that scored Lupo and Webster. This was followed by a Jordan Jones sac fly that scored crouch and put the Beavers on top 3-0 early.

It was much of the same in the third when Webster reached on a fielder's choice and Crouch followed it up with a two run homerun to left field. Jones would score the third run of the inning after being walked and stealing second, Garrett White hit the RBI single to left, putting the Beavers up 6-1.

On the mound, three Beavers combined to throw a solid game giving up only one run on eight hits and five walks. Freshman righty, Brandon Horne threw the first three, giving up the one run on four hits and four walks. Freshman lefty, Jacob Potier then came in in the fourth and threw three scoreless innings giving up three hits and one walk. Creighton Hoover then came in and pitched the seventh inning giving up on runs on one hit. This closed the game out with a final score of 7-1.

Game two was an exact opposite of Game one, with the NOC-Enid Jets coming out swinging early. They put up five runs in both the top of the first and top of the second. The Jets hit the ball around a little bit, but were helped out by a tentative Beaver defense. Freshman righty Colton Glover out of Shreveport, LA pitched much better than the stat line showed. He pitched to soft contact most of the time but the Jets found holes and took advantage of three Beaver errors in the first two innings. Glover would be replaced in the second inning by left-hander Clayton Blanks. Blanks pitched extremely well the last five and a half innings, giving up no runs on zero hits and four walks.

After putting up two runs in the bottom of the first, the Beaver offense did not get anything going until the bottom of the fourth. In the fourth, the Beavers broke out in the form of five runs. The five runs were scored on only two hits, the biggest coming from Trey Trahan who hit a two out single that scored three runs. The Beavers were helped out by Jets pitching who walked in two runs by hitting two Beaver batters with the bases loaded.

With the score 10-7 and momentum building, the Beavers could not come up with the big hit late in the game to complete the comeback. The offense left the bases loaded in the fifth and left runners in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh. The game ended on a Jordan Jones fly-out with the tying run on first as the Beavers fell 10-8.

The Pratt Community College Beavers have Easter weekend off and will not be back in action until next Tuesday, April 2nd at home against the Bethany College Swedes at 3:00 P.M.CST. The split put the Beavers overall record at 12-13, and the PCC is still 7-9 in Jayhawk Conference games.