ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern’s Ranger baseball team won three games of the four-game series with Mount Marty (S.D.), sweeping the Lancers on Saturday, 9-2 and 15-10, and splitting on Monday, falling 11-8 in the opener and taking the series finale 4-1.
The Rangers and Lancers both tallied 10 hits in the opening game of the series on Saturday, with the Rangers coming out with the 9-2 victory.
Clay Thomas advanced to 2-0 on the season, striking out six batters in 6.1 innings of work. Cameron Taylor pitched the final two outs of the game.
Tom Huddleston was 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, two runs scored and a pair of RBI’s. Vincent Valdez and Chris Williams both had two hits, while each hitting a home run.
In game two on Saturday, Northwestern used a seven-run first inning, leading to the 15-10 win.
Chris Williams and Dustin Williams added two home runs each, while Tom Huddleston and Wade Schwerdtfeger each hit a home run. Danny Santiago (2-0) picked up the victory, throwing 4.1 innings and striking out four batters.
On Monday, during game one, Mount Marty took a 3-0 lead after three innings and tacked on seven more runs in the fourth. Northwestern scored a run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth, then made a run for it in the seventh, scoring three runs before the Lancers put the Rangers to bed.
Tom O’Gorman and Quinton Haynes had two hits each, as the Rangers were outhit 9-8. O’Gorman went deep for the Rangers, while Dustin Williams hit his fourth double of the season.
Garry Thomas (1-1) suffered the Rangers’ first loss, going three innings and allowing three earned runs. Josh Swain pitched four innings of relief, suffering three earned runs in 19 batters faced.
The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the final game of the series, scoring three runs in the second inning. Northwestern picked up another run in the fifth inning as Vincent Valdez homered to take a 4-0 lead. Mount Marty’s lone run of the game came in the sixth inning.
James Hamilton got the complete game win, fanning five batters in seven innings. He gave up only three hits in 29 batters faced.
Juan Natal was the only Ranger with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3. Huddleston, Valdez and Zach Theadedman all drove in runs for NWOSU.
Northwestern (5-1) will head to Austin, Texas for doubleheaders on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 against Huston-Tillotson University.
Mon, February 15, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt