Northwestern Takes Three of Four from Graceland with Monday Split

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Northwestern Takes Three of Four from Graceland with Monday Split

Northwestern Takes Three of Four from Graceland with Monday SplitALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team took three games of a four-game series from the Graceland (Iowa) Yellowjackets on Monday, taking game one 6-3 and falling in the nightcap, 10-6. Northwestern scored 28 runs on Sunday, defeating Graceland 14-4 and 14-5.

Northwestern held the lead for the entire game in the opener. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead with a solo run in the third inning, as Wade Schwerdtfeger drove in Michael Ciombor, who singled, on a RBI groundout.

The Rangers tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning. Jose Maysonet’s two-RBI single with two outs scored the first two runs of the fifth inning, followed by a run on a wild pitch and Patrick Johnson Jr. drove in Maysonet for the fourth run of the inning.

Northwestern got an insurance run in the sixth inning to pull to a 6-0 lead. The Yellowjackets scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning on two hits and two Ranger errors. 

J.C. Aguayo picked up his second win of the season in a five-inning, two hit performance. He struck out three batters in 19 batters faced and didn’t give up a run. Five pitchers combined in relief for the final two outs. Derek Epps pitched the final inning and picked up the Rangers’ first save of the season.

Three Rangers combined for two-hit games and had six of the eight Ranger hits. Kyle Weber, Johnson and Schwerdtfeger all had two hits in the opener. 

Northwestern was forced to play catch up in game two after falling behind 5-0 through two and a half innings. The Rangers’ first hit didn’t come until the third inning, when they scored four runs, pulling them to within a run. 

The Rangers first four batters of the third inning scored, highlighted by a two-RBI single up the middle by Quinton Haynes. 

Graceland added a run in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 advantage, but the Rangers tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as pinch hitter J.C. Aguayo drove in two runs on a two-out double, knotting the game at 6-6.

A bases loaded three-run double from the Yellowjackets led to a four-run seventh inning for Graceland. The Rangers were sat down in order in their final at bat in route of the 10-6 loss.

Danny Santiago took the loss on the mound, pitching in relief of starter Garry Thomas, who threw three innings. 

Northwestern was outhit in game two, 10-6. Six players had a hit each, as Ciombor and Aguayo recorded doubles.

The Rangers (4-2) will play another four-game series at Myers Stadium this weekend. They will host Concordia (Neb.) on Saturday and Sunday. Both days will be noon doubleheaders.