ALVA, Okla. – For the first time since 2005, the Ranger baseball team pulled off a four-game sweep. Northwestern accomplished this by downing Concordia (Neb.) 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday and 14-4, 9-2 on Sunday at Myers Stadium. With the four wins, the Rangers advanced to 8-2 on the young season.
Northwestern led the entire game in Saturday’s opener. After a three-run third inning, Northwestern tacked on another run in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth.
The Rangers picked up five hits, with four players having two-hit games. Vincent Valdez and Juan Natal both had two runs scored and two RBI’s in addition to two hits each.
Garry Thomas (1-0) got his first win of the season, pitching five innings. He held the Bulldogs to two earned runs and had six strikeouts. Chase Phelps picked up his first save, throwing two innings, allowing a hit and fanning two batters.
In the second game on Saturday, Northwestern had to come from behind after trailing 3-0 through two innings. The Rangers added two runs in the fourth inning to pull within a run, but a single run by Concordia in the sixth gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Northwestern scored four runs to take the 6-4 victory. Wade Schwerdtfeger started the inning with a single and was driven in on Quinton Haynes’ RBI triple. Juan Natal followed with a home run and two batters later Wes Brorsen had a pinch hit home run.
Valdez and Haynes both had two-hit games, as the Rangers out-slugged the Bulldogs 10-7.
Danny Santiago (1-1) picked up the win pitching two outs and striking out one. Eddie Cumpston started the game and pitched 2.1 innings. He was relieved by Chase Kokojan, Josh Swain and Chase Phelps, before Santiago’s sixth inning appearance. Derek Epps got his second save of the season after pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
The Rangers combined for 27 hits on Sunday and held Concordia to 13.
In game one, the Rangers used eight runs on six hits and three Concordia errors to jump on top 8-0 in the first inning. NWOSU scored single runs in the third and sixth innings and four runs in the fourth.
J.C. Aguayo was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and four runs batted in. George Flores and Schwerdtfeger both had three hits.
Mario Carrasco (1-0) got the win in his first Ranger appearance, pitching three innings. He fanned six batters and allowed two earned runs and four hits. Three Rangers pitched an inning in relief to close the game.
During the final game of the series, the Rangers took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. Northwestern was up 5-1 after three innings and added four more runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 advantage. Both teams scored a run in the fifth inning to round out the scoring.
Kyle Weber led the way with a 3-for-3 day, scoring two runs, hitting two doubles, and driving in a run. Aguayo and Patrick Johnson Jr. both had a pair of hits each. Johnson scored a pair of runs in addition to hitting his first home run of the season.
Ben Dorman (1-1) was awarded the win after striking out four batters and allowing six hits in five innings. He was charged with just one earned run and faced 24 batters.
The last time the Rangers took a four-game series sweep was on March 5 and 6, when Northwestern defeated Harris-Stowe State College in Missouri.
Northwestern (8-2) begins Sooner Athletic Conference play on Thursday in Shawnee, as the Rangers meet St. Gregory’s University for a single nine-inning game at 2 p.m.
Sun, February 20, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt