WICHITA, Okla. – The Rangers softball team increased its winning streak to eight games, after coming away from the Friends Tournament with five wins.
After the Rangers swept Mid-America Christian on Tuesday, March 2, and won the first game of a doubleheader from Oklahoma Christian before the second game was called because of darkness, the Rangers were victorious in three games on Saturday and two on Sunday at the Friends Tournament in Wichita, Kan. to extend their winning streak to eight games.
Northwestern defeated Dana (Neb.) 5-0 to open tournament play. Jacey Juden pitched a complete game one-hitter, while striking out a season-high 13 batters. Natalie Vasquez had a home run and a double, while the Rangers picked up eight hits.
The Rangers posted their second consecutive shutout in their second game on Friday, shutting out Concordia (Neb.) 11-0. Renea Tarwater received the complete game, striking out seven batters in five innings. Northwestern had 14 hits in the run-rule victory, with Katie Thomas leading the way at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance.
In the final game of the first day of tournament action, the Rangers downed Morningside (Iowa) 10-5 after a late comeback. Being down 3-1 after one inning of play, Northwestern used four runs in the fifth and sixth innings, along with a run in the top of the seventh, to garner the 10-5 win.
Renea Tarwater (3-2) pitched four innings of relief to record the win. Meagan Lack started the game and Juden finished the final two innings.
After a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning against Ottawa (Kan.), Northwestern added three runs in the sixth inning to edge to the 8-4 win in its opening game on Saturday. Juden picked up the victory in the circle, pitching 2.2 innings of relief of Tarwater.
Juden advanced to 5-2 on the early season with a 7-1 win over Hastings (Neb.) in the Rangers final game of the tournament. She struck out eight batters while allowing just three hits in 22 batters faced.
Four different Rangers had two hits each, as Northwestern tallied 12 hits in the game.
Northwestern (10-4, 3-0) will next host Oklahoma Baptist on Tuesday, March 9 at the Alva Rec. Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tue, March 9, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt