CLAREMORE, Okla. – Northwestern’s softball team improved to 20-20 on the season after winning two of three games at the Border War festival played in Claremore on Saturday, April 10. The Rangers fell 6-4 in the opener against Evangel (Mo.), but came back to defeat Culver-Stockton (Mo.), 6-5, and round out the festival with a 7-2 win over Kansas Wesleyan.
The Rangers were held to three hits in the opening-game loss to Evangel (Mo.), as Natalie Vasquez hit a two-run homerun and also had a single, while Therese Beeler had the only other hit.
Northwestern scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, while Evangel scored solo runs in the second and fifth innings and crossed the plate four times in the fourth inning.
Renea Tarwater started in the circle and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and eight hits. Meagan Lack finished the final 1.2 innings, striking out one in six batters faced.
Northwestern and Culver-Stockton were tied 5-5 after seven innings of regulation. With the International Tie-Breaker in effect, the Rangers put Vasquez on second base, who advanced to third on Stephanie Hines groundout to second. Christina Mueller provided the eventual game-winning double as she drove in Vasquez.
Jacey Juden (13-11) sat Culver-Stockton down in order in the bottom of the eighth inning for the 6-5 win. Juden struck out three batters, while relieving Meagan Lack, who pitched six innings.
Katie Glenn picked up three hits, while Mueller and Vasquez each had two hits in the game.
The Rangers scored three runs in the first inning, two in the fourth inning and a solo run in the fifth inning to jump to a 6-0 lead against Kansas Wesleyan in the third and final game. KWU’s only run came in the top of the sixth inning, as the Rangers countered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth.
Northwestern outhit Kansas Wesleyan 9-7 and was paced by Allison Widener’s 3-for-4 performance with two home runs, a double and four runs batted in. Hines turned in a 2-for-4 outing with a home run and three runs batted in, while McKenna Wilson also had a two hit game.
Tarwater (4-8) received the victory, pitching six innings and fanning six batters. Juden pitched the final inning, striking out two batters.
The Rangers (20-20, 11-15) will next be in action on Tuesday, April 13 against Southern Nazarene University for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at the Alva Rec. Complex.
Mon, April 12, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt