ALVA, Okla. – Freshman Joe Cervantez hit a two-run home run to lift the Rangers, who trailed in the bottom of the seventh inning, and held onto a lead in non-conference play at Myers Stadium on Tuesday. The Rangers defeated Sterling College (Kan.) 7-4 in the single game.
The Rangers got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second inning. Vincent Valdez led the inning off with a base on balls and scored as Patrick Johnson singled.
Sterling College knotted the game at 1-1, scoring their leadoff batter in the fourth inning.
Leadoff hitter Juan Natal reached base as he was hit by pitch with two outs, advanced to third on Joe Cervantez’ double down the left field line and later scored on J.C. Aguayo’s single up the middle. The run put the Rangers up 2-1 after five innings of play.
The Warriors struck for three runs in the seventh inning, putting them up by a 4-2 margin.
Northwestern responded in the bottom of the seventh inning with three runs on two outs, putting NWOSU up a run, 5-4. Travis Shuck reached via a walk and scored as Juan Natal doubled to left field. Cervantez followed with his first home run of the season and sixth hit of the year, driving in courtesy runner Clint Dodds on his two-run blast to right.
Josh Swain kept the Warriors in check through the eighth inning, fanning two of three batters. Derek Epps picked up his eighth save of the season, striking out one batter out of four batters faced in the ninth inning.
Swain was awarded his first win of the season while pitching 1.2 innings. He followed Jordan Flittie, who pitched an out in relief of starter Eddie Cumpston. Cumpston allowed just three hits and struck out five batters in six innings of work.
The Rangers tallied 10 hits on the day, while the NWOSU pitching staff gave up just seven. Cervantes was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Four rangers had two hit games in addition to Cervantez, including: Aguayo, Natal and Chris Russell. Quinton Haynes and Patrick Johnson also had singles on the afternoon.
Northwestern (20-13) travels to Edmond on Thursday, Mar. 31 for 6 p.m. nine inning game. The two teams will meet in Alva on Saturday, Apr. 2 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. Preceding the doubleheader will be the Myers Stadium Dedication, beginning at 12:30.
Tue, March 29, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt