CLAREMORE, Okla. – Northwestern’s Chase Phelps pitched the Rangers to a 6-1 victory in the opening game against Rogers State University on Friday, before falling 16-9 in a game that featured 28 hits.
Rogers State scored an unearned run against Phelps in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. NWOSU tied things up in the second inning as Quinton Haynes’ groundout to the shortstop scored Vincent Valdez who led the inning off with a double.
Northwestern tacked on two more runs in the third inning with J.C. Aguayo’s two-RBI double to right.
The Rangers scored three more runs in the fourth inning, using four base hits to lead to the eventual 6-1 win.
Phelps advanced to 3-1 on the year as he struck out six batters, gave up just four hits and didn’t allow an earned run in 5.1 innings of work. Chase Kokojan pitched two outs, throwing to one batter and causing Rogers State to ground into a double play to end the sixth inning. Danny Santiago pitched the last inning for NWOSU, fanning two and forcing a ground out.
Juan Natal and Aguayo had two hits each for Northwestern, who tallied 10 hits as a team. Four Rangers had doubles, while Natal and Aguayo both registered two runs batted in.
In the second game, Northwestern jumped ahead of RSU by a 7-0 score through an inning and a half of play.
Rogers State put up four runs in the second inning to pull within three runs of the Rangers, who added another run in the top of the third.
The Hillcats scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings while NWOSU scored a run in the top of the fifth inning. After five innings, Northwestern held a one-run advantage, up 9-8.
The tide turned in the bottom of the sixth inning when Rogers State erupted for eight runs on eight hits.
Northwestern posted 12 hits, as Michael Ciombor was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Natal hit his fourth home run of the season, while Aguayo hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season.
The Rangers used five pitchers in relief of starter Mario Carrasco, who went four innings and gave up seven hits and seven runs.
The two teams will finish the three-game series with a nine inning game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 26. Northwestern will look to improve on a 19-12 overall record and 5-10 conference mark, while Rogers State is currently 26-5 and 9-3 in conference.
Sat, March 26, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt