OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – No. 3 Oklahoma City University completed a four-game sweep over Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, March 18 in Oklahoma City, but not before the Rangers challenged the Stars to a 1-0 eight-inning game in the nightcap. Northwestern fell 9-1 in the opener.
The Rangers only had two hits in the opener, with both hits coming in the first inning. Ashley Lovelady led the inning off with a single and two batters later Jacy Juden added a single, providing all of Northwestern’s hits in the first game. Natalie Vasquez reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Lovelady, giving the Rangers their only score for the game.
On the mound, Renea Tarwater (3-5) started the game and lasted three innings before Meagan Lack pitched the final 1.1 innings of the 9-1 run-rule. Oklahoma City had 15 hits and all nine runs were earned.
After scoreless through seven regulation innings, Northwestern and Oklahoma City were forced to use the international tie breaker in game two. The Rangers were unable to advance their runner to third after three outs and a walk. Oklahoma City sacrificed its runner to third to begin the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rangers loaded the bases issuing walks. A single up the middle proved to be the final straw as the Stars scored and snuck by the Rangers with the 1-0 win.
Juden (5-6) pitched the entire game, giving up five hits in 7.1 innings. She fanned six batters of the 32 she faced.
Northwestern outhit the Stars 6-5, with Katie Thomas and Christina Mueller each having two hits. Natalie Vasquez and Katie Glenn were both had singles.
Northwestern (11-11, 4-7) will remain idle until Tuesday, March 23, when the Rangers head to Claremore to take on Rogers State in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
Thu, March 18, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt