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James McMurphyALVA, Okla. – In what was originally scheduled as two seven inning games, turned into to five innings games, after Northwestern demolished Concordia (Neb.) 22-3 and 23-6 on Sunday at Ranger Field. The Rangers combined for 34 hits, including six doubles and eight home runs in just eight innings worth of at bats.


Northwestern scored all 22 runs of game one in the second inning. The Rangers crushed 16 hits on two Concordia errors in the prolonged second inning.


James McMurphy (2-0) was awarded the win allowing no hits and striking out two batters in seven batters faced. Jarrod Inman pitched the third and fourth, while Nathan Clover closed out the fifth inning for the Rangers.


Tom Huddleston, Vincent Valdez and Josue Rios all had three-hit performances. Anthony Cros, Chris Williams, Valdez and Rios all went deep. Rios had a game-high six runs batted in, while Cros drove in four runs.

 Josue Rios and Kellan Scott

The Rangers spread their runs out in game four, scoring three in the first, eight in the second, four in the third inning and eight more in the fourth.


Cody Keiffer and Josue Rios pitched three and two innings, respectively, with the win going to Keiffer. Keiffer allowed five hits and struck out three, while Rios struck out a pair and allowed two hits in two innings of work.


Dan Coury and Williams both turned in 3-for-4 performances as the duo combined for 10 runs batted in. Coury hit two long balls, while Valdez hit his second of the day and Richard Burdick smacked his first home run of the season.


Northwestern (14-10, 8-4) will host Dana College on Tuesday, March 17 in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday with a two games beginning at noon.