CLAREMORE, Okla. – Northwestern led for eight and a half innings against Rogers State in the third and final game of the three-game series in Claremore, but a last effort comeback by the Hillcats led to a walk off 10-8 win in the ninth inning.
Northwestern jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings of play and found itself up by one, 4-3, after Rogers State scored two runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth.
Juan Natal hit a two-run blast to left field in the sixth inning to extend NWOSU’s lead to 6-4. RSU scored a single run in the bottom portion of the inning to pull the Hillcats within a run.
J.C. Aguayo banged his team-leading sixth home run of the year in the eighth inning, putting NWOSU ahead 9-4.
A RSU grand slam in the eighth again pulled the Hillcats within a run.
The Rangers didn’t score in the top of the ninth inning, and with the bases loaded for RSU in the bottom of the ninth, Rogers State hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two runs, ending the game.
Derek Epps (0-1) got his first loss of the season, pitching 1.2 innings. Ben Dorman started the game and struck out five batters, allowed six hits and two earned runs before giving way to Josh Swain. Swain pitched 1.2 innings before Danny Santiago pitched an out.
Despite the loss, the Rangers outhit Rogers State 14-8. Five players had two-hit games as half of Northwestern’s hits were for extra bases. The Rangers stranded nine base runners on the afternoon.
Northwestern (19-13, 5-11) will head to Wichita to take on Friends (Kan.) in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday.
Sat, March 26, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt