CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Ranger softball team came up empty handed at the Border War Festival played in Claremore during Friday and Saturday. Northwestern fell 6-1 in the opening game against Evangel (Mo.) on Friday and dropped the second game that night, 6-5, to Culver Stockton (Mo.). The Rangers played the two teams again on Saturday, falling 11-7 to Evangel and 7-1 to Culver-Stockton, before dropping the final game to Central Baptist (Ark.), 8-0.
In the opening game against Evangel, Northwestern’s only run came on an unearned run in the fifth inning. Five different players had singles.
In the one-run loss to Culver-Stockton, Northwestern scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, after trailing 6-2, but that wasn’t enough as the game ended with two runners left on base. Kellie Mason had two hits and two runs batted in, while Katie Thomas was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. She hit two home runs, her third and fourth of the season.
On Saturday, Northwestern and Evangel slugged out 28 hits, with NWOSU having 13 of them. After a 5-5 game through six innings, Evangel struck for six runs in the seventh inning on six hits. Katie Thomas hit two doubles, upping her total to 14 on the season, while Meagan Lack hit her second home run of the year.
In the second game against Culver-Stockton, Northwestern’s only run came on an unearned run in the sixth inning. The Rangers had four hits, as Megan Burditt led the offensively with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
The Rangers were blanked in the final game of the tournament as they got three hits against No. 6 Central Baptist (Ark.). After scoring a run in the first inning, Central Baptist scored seven runs in the fifth inning, using four home runs. Burditt, Mason and McKenna Wilson all had singles.
Northwestern (10-24, 2-14) takes to the diamond on Tuesday, Apr. 12 as they host the University of Science and Arts in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at the Alva Rec. Complex.
Mon, April 11, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt