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Dan CourySHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern baseball team was victorious in the first game of a three-game set with St. Gregory’s, as the Rangers took the win in a high-scoring, nine-inning, 17-13 game in Shawnee on Thursday.


Northwestern took the early 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning on two hits and two St. Gregory’s miscues. The Rangers then succumbed to a six-run bottom of the third, as SGU scored six unearned runs off of starter Chase Phelps.


After both teams scored a solo run in the fourth inning, the Rangers exploded for five runs in the fifth inning, taking a 9-7 lead. In that inning, Northwestern hit three home runs, with Joseph Gwin, Chris Williams and Dan Coury all going deep.


The Cavaliers tied the game at 9-9, with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.


Matt Stratton came on in relief and went the remaining 4.1 innings striking out five batters.


The Rangers got another run in the seventh off of a Clint Dodds sacrifice fly, added four more runs in the eight and rounded out the scoring in the ninth with three runs, two coming from Coury’s second home run ofMatt Stratton the game, and the other from Chris Williams single, scoring Anthony Cross after he had tripled.


St. Gregory’s scored a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings, after being held scoreless during the sixth and seventh innings.


Stratton (1-0) recorded his first win of the season in relief of Phelps, who pitched 4.2 innings, striking out five and allowing only two earned runs.


Coury tied a single-game record with five hits, as he did so in five at bats. He had two home runs, a double and four runs batted in. Gwin, Williams and Tom Huddleston all had three hit performances, while Cros and Vincent Valdez had two hits each.  


Northwestern improved to 6-8 overall and to 4-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Rangers will host St. Gregory’s in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Ranger Field on Saturday, March 7.