ALVA, Okla. – In near freezing condition with snow flurries, Chase Phelps recorded his team-high fourth win of the season, throwing seven innings to defeat Mid-America Christian, 8-3, at Ranger Field on Thursday. The win advanced the Rangers to 11-9 overall and to 7-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Northwestern scored first, with two runs in the third inning, as Tom Huddleston reached base on a lead-off double and scored on Chris Williams’ double two batters later. Dan Coury followed up Williams’ double with one of his own for the Rangers’ third double of the inning, plating Williams.
Cody Keiffer hit the two-sacker of the game for the Rangers with two outs in the fourth, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Huddleston was caught between first and second.
Mid-America Christian tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning, as they lead off the inning with four straight singles.
Phelps shut down the Evangels in order during the sixth and seventh innings, before Matt Stratton came in to pitch the final eight batters over the eighth and ninth innings.
Northwestern added the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth as Coury reached on a dropped fly ball to left field and scored on Steven Fellows single. Anthony Cros scored the second run of that inning, after reaching base on a walk and later scoring on a wild pitch.
Williams began the seventh inning with a lead-off double and scored the first of three more Ranger runs.
Phelps (4-1) allowed nine hits and three runs over three innings. He struck out two batters and issued two walks in 27 at bats. Stratton fanned one in eight batters faced in his two innings of work.
Huddleston, Williams and Clint Dodds each had three hits in the game, while Fellows and Keiffer both had two hits. The Rangers out-hit the Evangels 16 to 10.
Northwestern (11-9, 7-3) returns the trip and heads to Oklahoma City for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. with Mid-America on Saturday.
Fri, March 13, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt