Men’s basketball and baseball teams travel out of state over the weekend
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Men’s basketball and baseball teams travel out of state over the weekend

Published 2/8/18

Austin Headlee

TNE Sports Writer

The NSU men’s basketball and baseball teams played over the weekend. The basketball team traveled to Warrensburg, Mo. to play the Central Missouri University Mules for the RiverHawks’ 22nd game of the season. The baseball team traveled to Austin, Texas for their season opener against the St. Edward’s University Hilltoppers. 

Men’s basketball

The RiverHawks men’s basketball team played a tough and physical game against the Mules. The RiverHawks were able to out rebound the Mules 32-29. 

The RiverHawks started off the first half in an offensive slump being outscored 35-27. The RiverHawks made only 11 of their 29 shots in the first half, including going 4 for 15 from beyond the arc. 

The RiverHawks were able to rebound in the second half when they scored 39 points and completed shots at a higher rate. However, the team was unable to overcome their sluggish start and fell to the Mules 75-66. The RiverHawks are now 7-15 for the season. 

Jamir Andrews, graduate guard from Roselle, N.J, led the team in rebounds and points with eight rebounds and 22 points. Josh Bougher, junior forward from Memphis, Tenn., collected seven rebounds for his efforts in the game. Trent Cantrell, sophomore guard from Broken Arrow, scored 11 points coming off the bench. 

 The RiverHawks basketball team has six regular season games remaining in the season. Their next two games will be played in Tahlequah where they will face the Fort Hays State University Tigers and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Lopers. 

The RiverHawks will look to sweep the Tigers after splitting their series last season. Cantrell was able to score 11 points in last year’s win over the Tigers. Montre’ Williams, senior guard from Copperas Cove, Texas, was able to contribute 13 points in the win over the Tigers. Williams, Cantrell and Andrews, who lead the team in scoring this season, will be crucial factors in the upcoming game against the Tigers. 

The RiverHawks dropped both games against the Lopers last season. The RiverHawks will look to avenge their previous losses and finish the year strong when the Lopers travel to Tahlequah in the upcoming matchup. 

The RiverHawks will play the Tigers at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8 at the NSU Event Center. They have another game this week at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 10 at the NSU Event Center where they will face the Lopers. 

Baseball season opener

The RiverHawks baseball season opened over the weekend. The RiverHawks won the first game of the season in a 4-1 victory over the Hilltoppers. However, the Hilltoppers won the second game of the doubleheader and the lone game the next day. The RiverHawks left Austin, Texas with a 1-2 record. The RiverHawks played a nail-biting game in their final game of the series and were competitive in every inning, but the team was unable to overcome their three errors. The team will have an opportunity to improve their record this week.

Dustin Berrong, senior pitcher from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was the starting pitcher in the opening game of the season. Berrong was able to strike out four of the Hilltoppers in their win and allowed only one walk in five innings. 

“Game one, obviously, Dustin Berrong went out there and threw an absolute gem,” said Tristan Ridenour, senior catcher from Nixa, Mo. “Everybody was playing well. We were putting a lot of pressure on defense getting on base, running a lot. Oscar Resendez had a couple of big hits and Zane has a great weekend. The team really played well together, which was good to see for the first weekend. It is a good team down there in St. Edward’s.”

The Lopers won the last two games of the series, but the RiverHawks played aggressively in both match ups. The RiverHawks made a late comeback in game three of the series but were unable to close the game. 

“We fight, and we fight hard,” said Berrong. “That is something you always want there. We were down 4-1 in the eighth-inning of game three and we turned it on, came back and tied it up and we fought. That’s an awesome trait to have.”

Although the opening series did not go as planned, the RiverHawks will look past their losses and improve as the season goes along. 

“Those are early season jitters that every team is going to have,” said Berrong. “It kind of showed at the time. It’s going to happen. It will clean up as the year goes on.”

Derek Shedden, senior outfielder from Edmonton, Canada, is not worried about the opening season losses. Shedden believes his team has a positive outlook looking forward to the rest of the season and looks to prove it as the season continues. 

“The guys were in there, they wanted to win, they were focused,” said Shedden. “You can’t complain when you have that. It’s a winning team, a winning mentality. We want to carry that on.”

The RiverHawks have a difficult season lined up before them. Berrong still believes his team will be great and can overcome the adversity set before them.

“We are not going to be great right now, but by the end of the season we are going to be great,” said Berrong. “So, if we keep working hard and just play our game, I think everything will work out.”

The RiverHawks baseball team’s next game is against the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs. The Bulldogs played their opening series over the weekend, as well. The Bulldogs faced the Cameron University Aggies where they split the series 1-2. The Bulldogs were blown out 2-9 in their opening game and won the first match of a doubleheader the next day. 

The games played over the weekend were hard fought and took a group effort from the RiverHawks team. Trevor Westmoreland, junior catcher from Rockwall, Texas, and Erick Espinosa, junior infielder from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, each scored a home run over the weekend. Espinosa also hit the team’s only double in the series. Zach Henderson, junior infielder from Greendale, Wisc., got a team-high three RBIs against the Hilltoppers. 

The RiverHawks will look to slow down the Bulldogs’ leader in RBIs and hits, Alex Pimentel, junior infielder from El Paso, Texas. 

The game was originally set to be played on Feb. 6 but has been postponed. The game is set for 2 p.m., Feb. 7 at Weatherford. 


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