ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team pulled off a non-conference split with Tabor College (Kan.) at Myers Stadium on Tuesday, March 16, winning game one 6-3 and falling in the nightcap 7-5 as the Bluejays came from behind to force the extra inning win.
In game one, Jarad Moore came in to pitch in relief of starter James McMurphy, getting the Rangers out of a jam in the top of the seventh. With two runners on base and no outs, after allowing a single, Moore fanned the final three batters to get his first save of the season and end any hopes of Tabor coming back with the bases loaded and three runs down.
Leadoff hitters scoring played a pivotal role for the Rangers, as Northwestern scored its leadoff batter in four of the seven innings.
Tom Huddleston led off the first inning for the Rangers with a bunt single and later scored on Dustin Williams’ groundout to shortstop, giving NWOSU a 1-0 lead.
Tabor tied the game at 1-1 as its leadoff scored on a wild pitch in the top of the second inning.
The Rangers scored unearned runs as its leadoff hitters scored in both the third and fourth innings to give Northwestern a 3-1 lead.
The Bluejays tacked on another run in the fifth inning to come within a run, but Northwestern added three insurance runs in the sixth. Chris Williams led the inning off with a solo shot, his seventh of the season. Lester Gonzalez and Wade Schwerdtfeger had RBI singles to score Northwestern’s final two runs.
Tabor did score its leadoff in the seventh inning, before Moore sat down the final three batters.
McMurhpy (1-0) got his first win of the season, throwing six innings. He struck out five batters and allowed just two hits. Moore picked up the save, pitching an inning and fanning three of four batters faced.
Tom Huddleston and Juan Natal had two hits in the game, while the Rangers tallied seven hits as a team.
After Tabor took a 1-0 lead with its leadoff batter scoring in game two, Tom O’Gorman knotted the game up in the second inning with a solo blast over the centerfield wall, his team-leading eighth of the year.
Lester Gonzalez led the third inning off with a homer to right center to give Northwestern a 2-1 lead.
Northwestern added another run in the fourth inning, but Tabor tied the game up at 3-3 with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning.
Huddleston scored the go-ahead run for the Rangers in the fifth as Chris Williams reached base on an error. Williams aided the Rangers to a 5-3 lead after scoring on Vincent Valdez’ RBI double.
Tabor held the Rangers in check, allowing them to not score any runs over the final three innings.
The Bluejays scored a run in the both the sixth and seventh innings to knot the game up at 5-5.
In the eighth inning, with Valdez up to bat and runners at first and third base, Tabor’s centerfielder made a nice jumping grab to keep the Rangers from walking off with the win. Tabor started the top of the eighth with a double, scoring later on a Ranger error and then the Bluejays tacked on one more run to hold the 7-5 win.
Moore (0-1) suffered the loss as he pitched the final two innings. He allowed three hits and one earned run. Chase Phelps started the game off, going five innings and allowing just three Tabor hits and two earned runs in 23 batters.
The Rangers (13-9, 3-6) will take on No. 3 Oklahoma City in a single nine-inning game at Myers Stadium on Thursday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
Tue, March 16, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt