ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern improved to 12-6 on the season after piling up 26 runs against Friends (Kan.) on Saturday, sweeping the Falcons 8-5 and 18-8 at Myers Stadium. The Rangers pounded out 26 hits in the two-game series.
Northwestern and Friends were deadlocked at 2-2 after two innings of play in game one. The Rangers took a 5-3 lead in the third inning as Chris Russell provided the big blow with his first home run of the season, a three-run blast.
After Friends scored a pair of sixth inning runs, NWOSU added three of its own in the sixth inning as J.C. Aguayo was responsible for all the runs on a three-run homer, his third of the season.
Mario Carrasco (2-0) got his second win of the season in the opener, pitching 5.2 innings and fanning seven batters. He was followed by Chase Phelps who struck out the only batter he saw in the fifth and Derek Epps received his fourth save of the season.
Northwestern out hit Friends, 11-8, as Wes Brorsen, Aguayo and Russell all had two-hit performances.
In the second game, Northwestern pounded out 15 hits while holding Friends to just five. The game ended in a sixth inning run-rule, with Northwestern scoring eight runs to end the game. Northwestern scored in all but the fifth inning.
Vincent Valdez and J.C. Aguayo were both 3-for-4 at the plate, while George Flores was a flawless 3-for-3 with four runs batted in. Flores hit his third home run of the year in the sixth inning, while Brorsen, Aguayo, Valdez and Flores all had doubles.
Eddie Cumpston advanced to 2-0 on the season and struck out five batters while allowing just two hits. Chase Kokojan threw two outs and Danny Santiago pitched the final two innings on the hill.
Northwestern (12-6, 2-2) will meet Oklahoma City University in a three-game series in the upcoming week. The Rangers will travel to Oklahoma City on Thursday, Mar. 10 for a 3 p.m. nine inning game and will wrap the series up with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 12 at Myers Stadium.
Sun, March 6, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt