EDMOND, Okla. – Northwestern scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning at Dobson Field in Edmond to come from behind and hold on to a 7-6 victory against Oklahoma Christian in a single nine inning game on Thursday.
The Rangers needed two innings for all their scoring. NWOSU pounded out five runs on four hits in the first inning, jumping out to a 5-1 lead after an inning of play.
Oklahoma Christian plated a pair of runs in the third inning to trail the Rangers 5-3.
Both teams were scoreless through four and a half innings of play, but the Eagles broke the streak with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to hold a 6-5 edge.
With two outs and a man on first base in Ranger half of the ninth inning, Northwestern was able to score a pair of runs. Chris Russell singled to left field to score Wes Brorsen, who pinch ran after J.C. Aguayo walked, and later scored himself as the Eagles committed two errors on the play.
Derek Epps slammed the door on Oklahoma Christian in the bottom of the ninth inning, striking out the first two batters and retiring the fifth batter of the inning with two runners on board. Epps picked up his ninth save of the season, tying a Northwestern career record.
Chase Phelps started the game and went seven innings. He scattered eight hits and struck out five. Josh Swain advanced to 2-0 on the season as he picked up the win in relief. Swain worked the eighth inning and struck out and walked one.
Northwestern had two more hits than the opposition with 10 hits. Chris Russell had a solid 4-for-5 performance with two RBI’s and a run scored. Aguayo was the other Ranger with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
The Rangers, now 21-13 on the season and 6-11 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, will host Oklahoma Christian in doubleheader action beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 2. Myers Stadium will be dedicated in pre-game festivities beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Fri, April 1, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt