The Ranger softball team came up empty handed after some hard-fought softball, falling 6-0 and 6-3 to third-ranked Lubbock Christian (Tex.) on Thursday and dropping 4-1 and 5-2 games to No. 7 St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee on Friday.
Lubbock Christian outhit Northwestern 9-6 in the opener and scored three runs in both the third and seventh innings to take game one 6-0.
Katie Glenn had two of the six Ranger singles. Renea Tarwater (3-6) went the distance on the mound for Northwestern, allowing six runs and nine hits.
In the second Lubbock Christian game on Thursday, Northwestern held a brief 2-1 lead after five innings of play, but two LCU runs in the top of the sixth and three in the top of the seventh, led to the 6-3 Chaparral win after holding NWOSU to just a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Both teams had seven hits in the contest. Jacey Juden was the only multi-hit performer for the Rangers, going 2-for-3 and scoring a pair of runs. Juden (5-8) also pitched for Northwestern, allowing four earned runs and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Meagan Lack pitched the final two outs for Northwestern.
On Friday, St. Gregory led 3-0 after two innings, before Northwestern scored its lone run in the top of the third inning. Northwestern was guilty of stranding nine base runners, despite being out slugged by No. 7 St. Gregory’s, 6-4.
Kyrie McKee, Katie Thomas, Christina Mueller and Alysha Taylor all had singles in the game. Tarwater (3-7) received the loss after suffering four runs and five hits in two innings. Lack pitched the remaining four innings. She gave up just one hit and didn’t allow a run.
In Friday’s nightcap, St. Gregory’s struck first with two runs in the second inning, but the Rangers battled to push two runs of its own across to force a 2-2 tie after three innings.
The Cavaliers held Northwestern scoreless, as the Rangers again were guilty of leaving nine runners on base.
The Rangers didn’t have any extra base hits, as Therese Beeler posted two of the six Ranger hits.
Juden (5-9) was touched for five runs on nine hits after pitched all six innings.
Currently, the Ranger softball team is 11-17 on the season and 4-13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Northwestern’s next game is Tuesday, March 30 against the University of Science and Arts.
Fri, March 26, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt