Northwestern Shuts Out Sterling 1-0; Epps Sets Career Save Record

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Northwestern Shuts Out Sterling 1-0; Epps Sets Career Save Record

STERLING, Kan. – Five pitchers combined for Northwestern’s second shutout of the season, as the Rangers shutout Sterling College (Kan.) 1-0 in non-conference action on Monday. The win upped the Rangers record to 22-15 on the season, while Derek Epps picked up his 10th save of the season, breaking the school’s career save record.

Northwestern’s only run came in the sixth inning when Vincent Valdez’ single scored J.C. Aguayo, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.

The Rangers doubled the Warriors offensive output, out-hitting them 8-4. Valdez had three of the Rangers’ hits, along with the lone run batted in. 

Neither team was able to record an extra base hit due to high speeds blowing in from the outfield.

Aguayo started the game and gave three innings of work. He gave up just one hit and struck out five out of 12 batters faced. James McMurphy (1-0) worked the next three innings and picked up his first win of the season. McMurphy also faced 12 batters and fanned three of them. Zac Floyd, Jordan Flittie and Derek Epps pitched an inning each to end the game. Epps picked up his 10th save of the season, breaking the school’s previous save record of nine set by Billy Shea from 2003-05.

Northwestern (22-15, 6-13) will head to Texas for the weekend to take on Lubbock Christian University in a three-game series. The two teams will meet for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 8 and conclude the series with a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m.