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RANGERS SPLIT WITH OKLAHOMA CHRISTIANOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After taking game one in Alva, The Rangers and Eagles split the doubleheader in Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon, with Northwestern taking game one 11-7, before suffering their first shut out of the season, 10-0, in the nightcap.

Northwestern jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two and a half innings before Oklahoma Christian responded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Tom O’Gorman tied for the team home run lead as he hit his 11th home run of the year to put the Rangers up 7-2, driving in Vincent Valdez who doubled to left.

The Eagles netted three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within a 7-5 margin.

Northwestern added four runs in the top of the seventh on four singles and one Oklahoma Christian error. The Eagles scored two runs on one hit off of relief pitcher Josh Swain in the bottom of the inning.

Jacob Walsh had a flawless 4-for-4 outing, grabbing a third of the Rangers’ hits, with two runs scored and a pair of runs batted in. Wade Schwerdtfeger, Valdez and O’Gorman each had two hits.

Garry Thomas moved to a team best 5-1 on the mound. He had four strikeouts and six hits in six innings pitched. Swain pitched the final inning, facing six batters.

Northwestern sputtered five hits in the second game, as five of OC’s 10 hits were for extra bases. The Eagles scored four runs in the second inning, one in the third frame and five in the fourth inning for the 10-0 win.

O’Gorman had two of the five Ranger hits, while Valdez had a double and Schwerdtfeger and Quinton Haynes both singled.

Calvin Wright started for NWOSU and pitched two innings before giving way to Chase Phelps and Jeremy Lawson, who each threw an inning.

Northwestern (21-14, 8-10) is currently tied with Oklahoma Baptist for fifth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference with an 8-10 conference mark. The Rangers will travel to Goodwell on Tuesday, March 13 for a doubleheader with Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 1 p.m.