Northwestern Takes First Two of Graceland Series

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Northwestern Takes First Two of Graceland Series

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern didn’t have any trouble dispensing of Graceland (Iowa) in the first two games of the four-game series between the two teams, as the Rangers downed the Yellowjackets 14-4 and 14-5 in doubleheader action on Sunday afternoon.

Northwestern took a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, using three Ranger hits and two Yellowjacket errors. After a single run in the fifth inning, Northwestern added four more runs in the third and fourth innings. 

The Yellowjackets scored four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth inning, but a Wade Schwerdtfeger single to left field put the Rangers up by 10 runs and halted the game due to the 10-run run-rule.

Chase Phelps (1-0) got his first victory of the season, pitching 4.2 innings. Phelps fanned six batters and gave up four hits, while not allowing an earned run. Josh Swain pitched the final out.

Kyle Weber drove in half the Ranger runs, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Weber had a fourth inning grand slam in addition to a double and single. He was responsible for driving in seven Ranger runs. J.C. Aguayo and Schwerdtfeger both had two hits in the game.

Northwestern got out to a slow start in game two and didn’t register its first hit until the fourth inning. In that inning, the Rangers scored six runs on four hits as Schwerdtfeger and Michael Ciombor both had doubles, taking a 6-2 lead.

The Rangers added four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while Graceland scored three runs in the sixth inning.

Eddie Cumpston also advanced to 1-0 on the season after pitching 4.1 innings. He struck out seven batters, while allowing just three hits and an earned run. Danny Santiago pitched 1.2 innings of relief and struck out three batters and Derek Epps struck out a batter in the final inning of work.

Northwestern doubled up the Yellowjackets in hits, out-hitting them 10-5. Chris Russell, Quinton Haynes and Weber all turned in two-hit performances. Half of the Rangers hits were doubles as Weber picked up two more and Vincent Valdez, Ciombor and Schwerdtfeger each had a double.

Northwestern (3-1) will play the final two games of the four-game series with Graceland (1-1) on Monday, Feb. 14. First pitch is set for noon at Myers Stadium.