RANGERS DROP FINAL TWO OF OCU SERIES

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RANGERS DROP FINAL TWO OF OCU SERIES

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team dropped the final two games of the three-game set against No. 3 Oklahoma City University at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City on Friday afternoon. After scoring six runs in their first at bat, the Rangers fell 14-9 in the opener before taking an 8-4 loss in the final game.

Northwestern rallied in its first at bat to take a six run lead. The inning was highlighted by a three-run homer by Richard Burdick, a solo shot by Chris Williams and a Tom O’Gorman double.

The Rangers added another run in the top of the second inning to stake down a 7-2 lead after the Stars scored solo runs in the first and second innings.

OCU’s Matt Presley cracked a three-run shot in the third inning to pull Oklahoma City to within two runs.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, with Northwestern scoring its runs with two outs. Vincent Valdez hit the Rangers’ third home run of the game followed by Dustin Williams’ single up the middle, scoring Chris Williams who also singled.

Leading 9-7 after four innings, Oklahoma City’s pitching shut down the Rangers for the remainder of the game. The fifth and sixth innings for OCU were detrimental for NWOSU, with the Stars scoring four and three runs, respectively.

Josh Swain (2-2) pitched all but the final outs for Northwestern. He fanned five batters while facing 36 total batters. Garry Thomas faced the final three batters for Northwestern and retired the last out.

The Rangers had three more hits than the Stars, outhitting OCU 15-12. Valdez and O’Gorman both had three hits in the game along with home runs. Northwestern’s 3-7 batters had the majority of NWOSU’s hits, batting a combined 12-for-19.

In the series finale, Northwestern took a 4-0 lead through two and a half innings of play. The Rangers again took a first inning lead, this time with three runs. O’Gorman went deep for the ninth time this season to score the Rangers solo run in the third inning and helped NWOSU to a 4-0 lead.

Northwestern succumbed to a big third inning by the Stars, as Oklahoma City scored seven runs on five hits.

The Stars held the Rangers scoreless over the remaining four innings and added a run in the fourth to yield the 8-4 win.

The Rangers were outhit by one, with OCU tallying 11 hits to Northwestern’s 10 hits. Tom Huddleston paced NWOSU with a 3-for-4 performance and O’Gorman doubled and homered.

Jeremy Lawson (2-3) started the game on the hill and pitched two innings before giving way to Calvin Wright. Wright pitched the final four innings and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out three.

Northwestern (14-12, 3-9) will entertain Concordia (Neb.) at Myers Stadium at noon on Sunday, March 21.