BETHANY, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team took two out of the three-game series from Southern Nazarene after splitting with the Crimson Storm in doubleheader action on Saturday in Bethany. Northwestern came from behind to score two runs in the ninth inning to take game one, 2-1, and dropped game two 8-2.
Wes Brorsen doubled to left field to score Patrick Johnson Jr. followed by a single up the middle from Chris Russell that scored Brorsen in the top of the seventh inning in the opening game to go ahead of the Crimson Storm, who scored its only run of the game in the first inning.
Mario Carrasco upped his record to 4-0 as he struck out five batters and allowed just five hits in the complete game victory.
Russell and Quinton Haynes both had two hits as the Rangers tallied eight hits as a team. Juan Natal and Brorsen both had doubles.
Just as in game one, Southern Nazarene struck with a run in the first inning of the nightcap. Vincent Valdez uncorked his third home run of the season in the fourth inning to tie the score at 1-1.
The Crimson Storm tacked on seven runs on four hits and two Ranger errors in the seventh inning to go ahead 8-1. Northwestern scored its final run in the seventh inning as Natal started the inning off with a solo home run.
Both teams had eight hits with Russell putting in a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate.
Ben Dorman (1-4) was handed the loss as he pitched four innings. Chase Kokojan followed Dorman with a third of an inning of work and Danny Santiago threw the final five outs.
Northwestern, now 18-10 overall and 4-8 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, will host the University of Science and Arts in a 2 p.m. nine inning game at Myers Stadium on Sunday, Mar. 20.
Sat, March 19, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt