ALVA, Okla. – In its first home doubleheader at the newly constructed Myers Stadium, the Northwestern baseball team hung on in a doubleheader battle with No. 1 Lubbock Christian (15-6, 4-1), but fell short in both games, falling 7-5 and 9-8.
Northwestern scored its all its runs in the opener on home runs.
After Lubbock Christian held a 5-0 lead through four and half innings, Tom O’Gorman led the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run. Lubbock Christian added another run in the top of the sixth inning and then Chris Williams provided a grand slam to pull the Rangers within one, down 6-5.
The Chaps added a run in the seventh inning on a leadoff home run and then reliever Mike Pratali sat the Chaps down in order. The Rangers sent three to the plate in the bottom half of the seventh, but all three were retired in order.
Danny Santiago (3-2) pitched six complete innings, allowed three runs, 10 hits and struck out two batters before giving way to Pratali.
The Rangers had five hits, each coming from separate players, while LCU doubled the Rangers output with 10 hits.
In game two, Lubbock again jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but NWOSU countered with a run off a Zach Theademan home run in the bottom of the first.
LCU pushed across three runs on two home runs in the third, but three Ranger home runs in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 5-5. Lester Gonzalez soloed, followed by Theademan’s second home run of the day, a two-run shot, and then Chris Williams went yard for the second time of the day.
The Chaps pulled ahead 7-5 with two runs in the fourth, but the Rangers rallied for two runs of their own in the fifth inning, tying the game at 7-7.
Lubbock Christian pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth inning to go up 9-7.
With one out during the Rangers last at bat, Chris Williams went deep for the third time this year to pull NWOSU within a run. Lubbock’s reliever got the final two Northwestern batters to ground out to third to end the game.
Garry Thomas started the game on the mound and threw three innings before giving way to Cameron Taylor. Taylor (0-1) took the loss, pitching two innings and giving up two runs, while fanning three batters. Josh Swain finished the game finished the final two innings for Northwestern and also struck out three batters.
The Rangers (11-5) will host Lubbock Christian in the final game of the series on Saturday, March 6 in a nine-inning game. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
Fri, March 5, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt