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 April 3, 2013

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s baseball team found its final two games during the first trip through the North Division rough.

Northeast (16-12, 8-4 in North Division) dropped a pair of walk-off decisions to Mississippi Delta in Moorhead on Tuesday, April 2 to fall into a tie with the Trojans for second place in the North Division.

Idle Northwest Mississippi leapfrogged to the top of the league with a 7-3 mark.

Mississippi Delta (18-12, 8-4) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh in the opener to escape with an 8-7 victory after Northeast led 7-4 going into the frame and then turned the trick again in the nightcap walking away with a 7-6 decision in nine innings.

Mississippi Delta battled back in the nightcap to tie the game at 6-all in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and then tallied the winning run with a pair down in the ninth.

In the opener, Northeast raced out to a 5-2 lead after the first two innings thanks to Falkner’s Will Robertson.

Robertson, who finished the day with four hits, connected on his second home run of the year in staking the Tigers to the early lead.

After Mississippi Delta pulled to within 5-4 in the third on a two-run home run by Eagle Weustney, Northeast responded with a pair of runs in sixth to push the lead to 7-4 as Lafayette County’s Josh Mills connected on a base knock that drove in two and staked the Tigers to a three-run lead.

In the seventh, Mississippi Delta was able to plate four runs and come away with the win after the Trojans tallied two runs early then came through with back-to-back hits in tying the game at 7-all. Mississippi Delta came away with the one-run win just a few batters later.

In the nightcap, Mississippi Delta made the most of six hits in the nine-inning affair – walking away with a 7-6 decision in a game that saw the lead change hands five times.

Northeast captured the first lead of the game with a run in the opening frame and adding a run in the third, watched as Mississippi Delta put together a three-run third for a 3-2 advantage.

Northeast, which knocked around 13 hits in the nightcap, came through with a three-run inning of its own – in the fifth to recapture the lead 5-3 before the Trojans knotted the game a half inning later at 5-all.

Kent Farris’ Tigers carried a 6-5 advantage into the seventh after tallying a run in the sixth but Mississippi Delta tied the game at 6-all with two down in the frame and threatened more before Robertson could work out the jam.

Robertson would keep the Trojans in check in the eighth but a grounder on the infield in the ninth gave Mississippi Delta the 7-6 win when the throw sailed at first.

Northeast will look to rebound from the two setbacks as the Tigers travel to Goodman on Saturday, April 6 to take on Holmes Community College. First pitch in the North Division doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.

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