ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team came away with a split on Monday against Sterling College, as Northwestern pulled out a 7-6 victory in the opener and fell 6-3 in game two.
Northwestern jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on two unearned runs. With the bases loaded and two out, Northwestern was able to push across two runs as Chad Anglin reached on an error that plated two runs.
Sterling scored a run in the third and one in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. Northwestern pulled ahead by a run after Joe Gwin singled up the middle in the bottom half of the inning to score Brandon Alvarez.
The fifth inning featured seven runs. Sterling put up a four-spot in the top half of the inning on two hits and three Ranger errors. Northwestern answered the call, putting up three runs to tie the game at 6-6. After a balk that advanced Kellan Scott to score, Wade Schwerdtfeger doubled Vincent Valdez in and Tom Huddleston tripled, scoring Alvarez for the tying run.
The deciding run for the Rangers came in the sixth ining, after Anglin reached on an error in the sixth inning, scoring Alvarez, who was running for Anthony Cros. Cros began the inning out being hit by a pitch, Alvarez stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Schwerdtfeger and Huddleston both had two-hit performances, Schwerdtfeger with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Huddleston a triple with a RBI.
Jarad Moore pitched 4.2 innings and gave up two earned runs while striking out four batters. Jeremy Lawson (2-1) was awarded the win after coming in during the fifth inning and throwing an inning and a third, facing six batters and striking out three. Andrew Ford got the save, striking out two batters in the last inning for the Rangers.
Sterling struck first with a run in the second inning of game two, but the Rangers answered the call in the bottom half of the second on a two-RBI home run by Vincent Valdez.
Sterling strung out five hits and five runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.
The Rangers scored their final run in the bottom of that inning, as Dan Coury hit a solo home run to centerfield.
Nathan Clover took the loss, throwing 3.1 innings. He struck out four in 17 batters faced and allowed four earned runs. Josue Rios relieved for three batters, before Matt Stratton finished the final 3.2 innings. Stratton struck out three batters and allowed only three hits.
Only five hits came from the Rangers. In addition to Coury’s and Valdez’ home runs, the Rangers’ first three hitters had the rest of the hits, as Cody Keiffer and Gwin singled and Cros doubled.
Northwestern (5-8, 3-3) will head back to Sooner Athletic Conference action in Shawnee on Thursday, March 5 for a nine-inning game at 1 p.m. The Cavaliers will return the trip on Sunday for a doubleheader at Ranger Field beginning at 1 p.m.
Tue, March 3, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt