ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern broke its seven-game conference skid as the Rangers moved past Southern Nazarene 7-2 in the first game of a three-game set on Saturday at Myers Stadium in Alva.
Northwestern’s Chase Phelps pitched his second and the team’s fourth complete game, throwing all nine innings. He sat down seven batters, allowed just one earned run with no walks and scattered eight hits.
Southern Nazarene’s second and third batters of the game were the only Crimson Storm batters to score as Phelps shut down the SNU offense in the final eight innings.
The Rangers took the lead in the fourth inning as J.C. Aguayo singled in Juan Natal who reached on a walk. George Flores drove in a pair of runs on a double and scored on an unearned run to give NWOSU a 4-2 lead through three innings.
Northwestern added two more runs in the sixth as Natal scored, who reached on a hit by pitch, and Flores drove in Michael Ciombor with a line drive sacrifice fly to right.
Wes Brorsen scored NWOSU’s final run in the seventh as Ciombor reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Brorsen who was on third base with the bases loaded.
Flores, Ciombor and Wade Schwerdtfeger all had two-hit performances as Northwestern had nine hits, edging SNU by one. Flores picked up three of the Rangers’ six RBI’s. Both Valdez and Ciombor had six assists.
Phelps advanced to 2-1 with the win on the mound.
The Rangers (17-9, 3-7) will finish the series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Bethany on Saturday, Mar. 19.
Thu, March 17, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt