ALVA, Okla. – The Rangers softball team came away with a split on Thursday afternoon, winning the opener 4-2 against No. 7 St. Gregory’s University and falling 11-2 in game two. The split put Northwestern at 14-18 overall and at 7-14 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
St. Gregory’s scored a solo run in the first inning of game one to take an early 1-0 lead, but the Rangers countered in the bottom half of the inning as Natalie Vasquez doubled in Therese Beeler who reached base via an SGU error.
Both teams were held scoreless until Ashley Lovelady hit her fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, to give the Rangers a 2-1 advantage after five innings of play.
The Cavaliers tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth using three singles.
Northwestern blew the game open in the top of the seventh as Jacey Juden scored on a passed ball, after starting the inning off with a single. A Katie Thomas double to left field scored the Rangers second unearned run of the inning as Vasquez scored after reaching on an error.
Juden advanced to 8-9 on the season as she mowed down the Cavaliers in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 4-2 upset of the seventh-ranked Cavaliers. Juden struck out five batters in the complete-game win, allowed six hits and two runs.
Northwestern picked up five hits in the opener, as Lovelady led the way with a home run and single for a 2-for-3 performance.
St. Gregory’s outhit the Rangers 13-5 in game two and did all of its scoring in three innings. SGU scored three runs in both the first and fifth innings and added five runs in the top of the seventh.
The Rangers scored a run in the sixth as Juden lined a sacrifice fly to left field to score an unearned run when Lovelady scored. Northwestern’s other run came in the seventh inning when the Rangers grounded out into a double play.
Allison Widener led NWOSU with two of the team’s five singles.
Juden started in the circle and went five innings, before Meagan Lack pitched the final two.
The Rangers (14-18, 7-14) will take on Mid-America Christian in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, April 6 at 2 p.m.
Thu, April 1, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt