ALVA, Okla. – In their opening conference series of the 2011 season, Northwestern used 18 runs to sweep St. Gregory’s at Myers Field in Alva. The Rangers blew past the Cavaliers in game one, downing them 15-2, and took game two 3-1.
The Rangers used three innings to do all their scoring in the opener. Northwestern had five runs on five hits in the first inning and added to that with two runs in the second inning and eight more in the third inning. St. Gregory’s scored a pair of late runs in the top of the fifth inning before the five-inning run-rule was enforced.
Northwestern hammered out 15 hits along with four doubles. Starting pitcher J.C. Aguayo went 3-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in. Four players had two-hit performances as Wes Borsen, Vincent Valdez and Quinton Haynes all had doubles.
Aguayo pitched his first complete game of the season as he advanced to 3-0 on the season. He fanned five batters, gave up two runs and nine hits.
Northwestern used the same theory in the second game, doing all the scoring in the first three innings with solo runs in the first, second and third innings.
Michael Ciombor scored the first run on a Cavalier throwing error in the first inning. SGU tied the game in the top of the first to knot the score at 1-1. Northwestern picked up its second run as Quinton Haynes doubled and scored on Juan Natal’s RBI single up the middle in the second inning. Brorsen rounded out the Ranger scoring as he scored on Valdez’ second double of the day in the third inning.
Four players combined for all seven hits as Brorsen, Valdez and Natal all had two hits. Haynes finished the game with a hit in two at bats.
On the hill, Garry Thomas moved to 2-0 on the year. He pitched five innings and scattered six hits while striking out seven. Chase Phelps and Danny Santiago combined for work in the sixth inning before Derek Epps picked up his third save of the season pitching in the seventh inning.
Northwestern (10-2, 2-0) will play a single nine inning game in Shawnee on Sunday, Feb. 27 as they wrap up the three-game series with St. Gregory’s. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
Sat, February 26, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt