Second-ranked Bethel warmed up for its Thursday regional with an 8-5 victory over Wellston Monday.
Wellston led just once, at 1-0 after one inning. Bethel scored three times in the top of the second inning and was up 8-2 before Wellston concluded the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Trevor Coats (6-1) went the seven-inning distance, allowing 10 hits. He fanned 12 and walked four. Only one of Wellston’s runs was unearned.
Garrett Babb led Bethel’s eight-hit attack with a 2-of-3 outing that included an RBI. Cale Jackson added a triple for the victors.
Bethel (27-4) will host a Thursday through Saturday regional tournament. The Wildcats will oppose Washington at 1:30 with Heritage Hall taking on Mt. St. Mary at 3:30.
Seminole State swept
MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M swept a doubleheader from Seminole State’s softballers Saturday, 11-1 and 5-2.
NEO outhit the visitors just 9-7 in the opener, but Seminole State made three errors. Tiffany Talkington went 2-for-2 for Seminole State.
In the nightcap, Stephanie Glass took her second pitching loss of the day, despite striking out three and walking two.
NEO tied the game at 2 with a two-out unearned run in the seventh. NEO then got a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth for the game-winning hit.
Seminole State (43-31) received two hits from Brooke Walters in the nightcap.
The Lady Trojans will launch play Friday in the NJCAA Region 11 tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Seminole State will engage Connors State Friday at noon on Field 2.
The tourney will run through Sunday.
Hurn pitcher of week
Three baseball players from three different schools earned Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week honors for April 21-27.
Doug Hurn of Oklahoma Baptist and Trevor Stringer of Wayland Baptist are co-Pitchers of the Week, while Blake Kelley of Rogers State is the Player of the Week.
Hurn, a senior from Sparks, Nev., had a perfect earned run average in 14 innings of work, going 1-0 with 14 strikeouts, three walks and eight hits. He picked up a win over St. Gregory’s and tossed seven innings of shutout relief against Bacone — both OBU wins.