STERLING, Kan. – Northwestern and Sterling College (Kan.) meet for the second time in a week, with the same result, Northwestern winning game one and the Warriors taking game two. On Monday, March 9, Northwestern downed Sterling 12-4 in the opener and Sterling snuck by 7-6 in the nightcap.
The Rangers pinned the Warriors for three runs in the first inning of game one, as Tom Huddleston led off with a triple and scored on Joe Gwin’s RBI ground out. Three batters later, Dan Coury hit a two-run home run to take the 3-0 lead.
Sterling came back to score a run in the first, before neither team scored for the next two and a half innings. Sterling took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs, but that lead was erased as Northwestern scored three runs of its own in the fifth inning. The Rangers tacked on a run in the sixth and added five runs in the seventh on five hits.
James McMurphy (1-0) received his first win of the season in his first start on the mound. He threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six batters and allowing just three earned runs.
Five players had two hits, paced by Dan Coury and Chris Williams. Coury hit a double and a home run and drove in three runs, while Williams hit a home run along with four runs batted in.
Northwestern held a 5-3 lead after three innings of play behind Stephen Fellows first start of the season in the second game of the doubleheader.
Sterling scored three runs in the fourth inning, tying the game at 6-6. The Warriors plated a single run in the fifth inning that proved to be the game winner, as the Warriors retired nine of the next 12 Ranger batters.
Fellows pitched three innings, allowing three hits. Matt Stratton came in for a third of an inning before Jeremy Lawson was tabbed with the loss, throwing an inning and two thirds. Nathan Clover pitched the final inning facing four batters.
Williams went deep twice, hitting his eighth home run over the last six games. He was 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. Five other Rangers had hits, as Northwestern out hit Sterling eight to seven.
Northwestern (10-9, 6-3) hosts Mid-America Christian in conference action in a nine-inning game beginning at 2 p.m. at Ranger Field on Thursday, March 12.
Tue, March 10, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt