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RANGERS SWEEP DALLAS CHRISTIAN TO OPEN SEASON AT 3-0DALLAS, Tex. – The Ranger baseball team started off their season with a bang, with three wins against Dallas Christian, including two shutouts. Northwestern won the opener 7-0 on Saturday and defeated the Crusaders 15-4 and 11-0 on Sunday.


Clay Thomas pitched a one-hit shutout in the season opener on Saturday, going six innings and striking out seven. The game was cut short, as eight innings were only played, due to darkness.


The Rangers used a three-run second inning, with all three runs coming unearned. James Hamilton drove in the Rangers’ fourth run of the game during the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly, plating Chris Williams, who reached base via a walk. Northwestern struck again in the sixth with another sacrifice fly, as Vincent Valdez drove in Tom Huddleston. Northwestern scored its final two runs in the eighth inning, one on a Vincent Valdez single, driving in Quinton Haynes, and the other on a third sacrifice fly, this time by Chris Williams.


Cameron Taylor and Jarad Moore relieved Thomas, each for an inning. Taylor faced four batters, while Moore struck out three batters out of five faced.


Juan Natal was the only Ranger with a multi-hit game, going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Tom Huddleston had the only extra base hit, hitting a double on his way to a 1-for-4 performance with two runs scored.


On Sunday, the Rangers took advantage of two five inning games, run-ruling the Crusaders in both games.


The Rangers extended a 2-0 lead with seven runs in the third inning, added another run in the fourth and finished the fifth inning with five runs, leading to the 15-4 win.


Northwestern had 15 hits, while holding Dallas Christian to six. Four Rangers had two hits in the game, with Tom O’Gorman and Lester Gonzalez each connecting for their first home run of the season.


Danny Santiago received the victory on the mound, throwing three innings and striking out three. Calvin Wright pitched 1.1 innings and Chase Phelps finished the game throwing the final two outs.


The Rangers second shutout of the season came in game two on Sunday, downing Dallas Christian 11-0. Northwestern jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A big third and fourth inning, scoring four and six runs, respectively, led to the eventual five-inning run-rule.


Chris Williams and Zach Theademan had two hits each, as the Rangers tallied nine hits in the nightcap. Dustin Williams picked up his third double of the weekend along with three runs batted in.


Garry Thomas recorded the Rangers third win on the mound, throwing three complete innings, while fanning four batters. Josh Swain and Mike Pratali pitched an inning each in relief.


Northwestern (3-0) hosts Mount Marty College (S.D.) on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 for doubleheaders beginning at 1 p.m. each day at Myers Stadium.