ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team completed their first three-game sweep of a conference opponent, defeating St. Gregory’s 18-16 in the first game on Chris Williams walk-off home run and scorched the Cavaliers 17-5 in game two.
In wind-haven Ranger Field, the Rangers and Cavaliers combined for 20 runs and 18 hits in the first two innings of game one. After an inning and a half, the Rangers were down 10-2, but Northwestern put up eight runs in the bottom of the second to knot the game at 10-10.
Behind 16-10 in the bottom of the seventh, Northwestern rallied back for eight runs, as Chris Williams hit his third home run of the game, a walk-off three-run bomb to center to give the Rangers the hard-earned come back.
Northwestern featured four doubles and five home runs in the opener. Williams tied a school record for most home runs in a game with three, while also driving in eight runs, just one shy of a school mark for a game. Joseph Gwin posted three hits also along with Vincent Valdez. Gwin, Valdez, Anthony Cros and Kellan Scott had doubles.
Jeremy Lawson (3-1) was earned the win, throwing 2.2 innings and not giving up a run. Andrew Ford started the game and went two complete innings, before giving way to Cody Keiffer, who pitched 2.1 innings.
The Ranger bats stayed hot in game two as Cameron Taylor (1-1) went the full five innings in the run-rule. Taylor
allowed only six hits and struck out five batters.
Northwestern put up 11 runs in the first inning and tacked on six more in the second inning, while racking up a total of 14 hits in the game.
Williams continued to be on fire going 2-for-2 and jacked his team-leading ninth home run of the season. He also scored two runs and picked up three RBIs. Cros and Dan Coury were a perfect 2-for-2, with Cros going deep for the fourth time this year and picking up four runs batted in.
Seventeen different Rangers received an at bat in the nightcap.
Northwestern advanced to .500 on the season with an 8-8 overall record. The Rangers are 6-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. On Sunday, March 8, the Rangers will take on Concordia (Neb.) in a single nine-inning game beginning at noon at Ranger Field.
Sat, March 7, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt