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NORTHWESTERN BASEBALL SWEEPS STERLING; THOMAS FANS 14STERLING, Kan. – The Ranger baseball team improved to 16-12 overall with a doubleheader sweep against Sterling College (Kan.) on Friday. Northwestern bombed the Warriors with 10 home runs on the day to down Sterling 12-10 in the opener and 12-6 in the finale.

The Rangers scored three runs in four separate innings and held a 9-0 lead before the Warriors got runs on the board. After NWOSU put up a three-spot in the second, third and fifth innings, Sterling added four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Sterling pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth inning, before Northwestern combated with three runs in the seventh inning. The Warriors added four more in the seventh to pull within two.

The Rangers outhit the Warriors 16-13. Richard Burdick hit two of the five Ranger home runs, while Chris Williams, Wade Schwerdtfeger and Jacob Walsh also went deep. Schwerdtfeger was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, while four other Rangers had two hits each.

Danny Santiago moved to 4-3 in the hill, starting the game and pitching 5.1 innings. He struck out five batters and allowed 10 hits. Jarad Moore picked up his second save, throwing 1.2 innings of relief.

Garry Thomas (3-1) struck out 14 batters out of 33 faced to give the Rangers the 12-6 victory in the nightcap. Thomas recorded his second complete game, allowing six runs and six hits.

After falling behind 2-1 after an inning of play, Northwestern tied the game in the third inning with a single run. Zach Theademan’s home run, followed by a Vincent Valdez double and a Chris Williams dinger, gave the Rangers a three-run fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead.

The Rangers continued to score in each inning, scoring a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. Sterling was held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when they crossed the plate four times.

Theademan and Williams went deep twice in the game, while Tom Huddleston hit his third home run of the season. Huddleston and Williams both picked up three runs batted in.

Theademan led the Rangers with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate. Huddleston, Valdez and Williams all had three hits each in the game.

Northwestern (16-12, 3-9) will host Sterling at Myers Stadium on Saturday, March 27 in doubleheader action beginning at 1 p.m.