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 April 10, 2013

BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Northeast Mississippi Community College’s baseball team completed the season sweep of East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday, April 9 and maintained a grasp on the second spot in the division.

Northeast (19-13, 11-5 in North Division) dispatched East Mississippi 9-6 in the opening game at Gerald Poole Field in Scooba before edging out the Lions 5-4 in the nightcap.

Northeast sits in second in the North Division with Northwest. Both the Tigers and Rangers are 11-5 in league play but Northeast took a pair from Northwest in Senatobia on March 20 11-2, 7-2.

Due to winning percentage, Mississippi Delta holds the top ranking in the North Division with a 10-4 division mark.

In Scooba, Northeast gave sophomore Ben Hellums all the run support the Ripley native would need with a seven-run third highlighted by a Jake Beck (Alcorn Central) grand slam.

After reigning Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Baseball Player of the Week Will Robertson got the scoring going with a bases-loaded single, Northeast would not let up in the third as sophomore Justin Neal connected on a two-run single with one down in the frame.

After Neal’s single made it a 3-0 game, Beck tacked on a quick four more on the first pitch the Alcorn Central graduate saw with a grand slam. Beck's grand slam was the Northeast sophomore's third home run on the season and the Alcorn County native is second on the team behind Robertson's four.

East Mississippi (16-20, 6-10) would cut the lead down to 7-1 with a run in its half of the inning.

Robertson, who entered the doubleheader with a nation’s third-best 42 RBI, collected his second RBI of the contest in the fourth as the Falkner native pushed the Tigers back on top with an RBI double.

East Mississippi cut two runs off the Northeast lead with solo digits in the fourth and sixth, respectively but made a comeback in its final at bat.

After Tre Welch (Booneville) tagged up on a fly out in foul territory to give the visitors a 9-3 advantage in the top of the seventh, East Mississippi plated three in the bottom of the seventh before Northeast could stymie the Lion rally.

In the nightcap, Kyle Robbins (North Pontotoc) ruled the mound against East Mississippi as the Northeast sophomore limited the Lions to just eight hits and four runs in a complete game effort.

East Mississippi was able to get four runs early but Robbins settled down and quieted the Lion offense the rest of the way.

After East Mississippi opened up a 4-1 lead in the second, Northeast battled back to tie the game at 4-all in the third with a three-run frame with back-to-back home runs.

Kossuth’s Heath Wood registered his first collegiate home run with a two-run shot that cut the game to 4-3 and Robertson followed with a solo blast with one down in the frame for a 4-4 tie.

New Albany’s Easton Hall gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish with a RBI single in the fifth.

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