ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern suffered late inning runs to lead to a 21-6 loss to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon at Myers Stadium. The two teams combined for 35 hits, including six home runs and six doubles.
After one inning of play, the Rangers and Drovers were tied at 1-1, after Juan Natal led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to right center.
USAO scored five runs on four hits in the second inning, taking a 6-1 lead. Northwestern chipped away with two unearned runs in the fifth inning and added a run in the sixth inning on Vincent Valdez’ fourth home run of the year to come within two runs of the Drovers, down 6-4.
The Drovers tagged the Rangers for 15 runs and 13 hits over the final three innings as NWOSU scored a run in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Northwestern tallied 16 hits, three less than the opposition. All nine starters had a hit with Quinton Haynes leading the way with a three-hit game. Six players had multi-hit games.
The Rangers went through six pitchers as Garry Thomas (3-3) was pinned with the loss after pitching 1.2 innings. Eddie Cumpston threw the longest in relief, pitching to 16 batters in four innings of work. He didn’t allow a hit and fanned six drovers.
Northwestern (18-11, 4-9) will travel to Claremore for a three-game series with Rogers State University in the upcoming weekend. The teams will meet for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, followed by a nine inning game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Sun, March 20, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt