ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State spoiled Lubbock Christian’s perfect season, defeating the No. 1 ranked Chaparral’s in game two of a doubleheader at the Alva Rec. Complex on Thursday. Northwestern’s Natalie Vasquez was hit by a pitch to score the winning run in 4-3 game two victory and drop LCU’s record to 30-1 on the season.
In game one, Northwestern virtually snuck by LCU, but a miscue with two outs, allowed LCU back into the game, as the Chaparral’s put up three runs in the top of the seventh inning, spoiling Northwestern’s 3-2 lead.
Meagan Lack pitched seven innings and fanned five batters.
The Rangers jumped out early on LCU in the nightcap, with a run in the first inning and two in the third. Lubbock pushed across two runs in the sixth and added its game-tying run with a single run in the seventh inning.
After Northwestern loaded the bases, Vasquez’s hit by pitch was the thorn in Lubbock’s side, destroying its hopes of a perfect season.
Lack (5-9) received the win after throwing 1.1 innings. She relieved starter Renea Tarwater.
The Rangers were outhit 5-3 in the opener and 10-7 in game two. No Ranger had more than a hit each.
Northwestern (13-18, 2-6) will next host St. Gregory’s on Tuesday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
Thu, March 19, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt