Former Neosho High standout and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M freshman Colton Marion enjoyed a solid weekend at the plate as designated hitter for the Norsemen in wins against MCC-Maple Woods, 9-8 and 8-3.
Marion went 1 for 2 with two RBI and three walks in the 9-8 win over Maple Woods and hit 1-3 with one run scored and one walk in the 8-3 game.
On the season, Marion owns a .375 average (3-8) with one run scored, no home runs, and two RBI. He’s walked four times and struck out just one time, creating an on-base percentage of .583.
NEO improved to 2-5 on the season with the doubleheader sweep of the Monarchs.
Marion’s former high school teammate and fellow college freshman Marcus Crawford, who plays for the Pirates of Independence, has started his career with a .500 average (4-8) after his first four games played.
Crawford has scored four runs and had a pair of two-hit performances against Arkansas Baptist and Murray State. Crawford drove in a run against Arkansas Baptist.
— In Tuesday’s 7-6 win for Arkansas State over Southeast Missouri, former Crowder players Kyle MacDonald, Nate Alberius, and Payton Lannon each played key roles in the victory.
First baseman MacDonald went 1 for 4 with one walk and two runs scored.
Starting pitcher Alberius earned the win with four runs allowed (three earned) on four hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking two.
Lannon pitched a scoreless seventh inning of relief, striking out two and walking none. Lannon faced three batters.
Arkansas State evened its record at 2-2. The Red Wolves are scheduled to host UAB for a three-game weekend series, a doubleheader Saturday and one Sunday.
Former Crowder player Casey Vaughan also plays for the Red Wolves.
The Blazers feature former Crowder pitcher Ty Harris in a relief role.
In his first three appearances for the Blazers, Harris owns one save and a 0.00 ERA with five scoreless innings of works and eight strikeouts balanced against no walks against Bowling Green and Alabama State.
Harris earned his first save of the season Wednesday against Alabama State.
— Former Crowder pitchers Joey Cooner and Jonah Patten pitch for UNC-Charlotte.
In two appearances, including one start, Cooner owns a 1-0 record and a 2.16 ERA with four strikeouts and five walks over 8 1/3 innings.
Cooner earned his win in the season opener against Iona — as he pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out two and walked one.
Cooner allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against NC State on Wednesday. Cooner struck out two and walked four.
In the third game of the opening series against Iona, Patten earned a win in his only start thus far, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits over five innings with five strikeouts and three walks.
Patten owns a 1-0 record and a 5.40 ERA.
UNC Charlotte enters a three-game weekend series against Georgia with a 3-1 record.
— In other former Crowder player news, NCAA Division II Henderson State pitcher Bryant Haralson owns a 2-0 record with a 3.43 ERA in three starts this season, with his wins coming against Northwest Missouri and Southern Nazarene.
In the Northwest Missouri win, Haralson allowed two runs (both earned) on one hit over 7 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.
In the Southern Nazarene win, Haralson pitched seven scoreless innings and balanced eight strikeouts against two walks.
After three games, Haralson has struck 24 and walked five over 21 innings of work.
Haralson earned pitcher of the year honors last season in the Great American Conference.
In three starts this season for Pittsburg State, senior pitcher Cody Whiting owns a 2-0 record with a 3.12 ERA. Whiting has 23 strikeouts and six walks over his first 17 1/3 innings.
Whiting leads the Gorillas in innings pitched, strikeouts, and victories.
In his last outing against Minot State, Whiting allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over 7 1/3 innings, with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
Whiting also earned the victory in the win against Colorado State-Pueblo, allowing one run (earned) on two hits over six innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Pittsburg State is slated to play a three-game Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association series Saturday, Sunday, and Monday against Fort Hays at Al Ortolani Field, weather permitting.