ENID, Okla. – Northwestern’s bullpen shined, holding East Central University to just one run over the remaining six innings of a nine inning game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, as the Rangers were victorious 8-6 in the sixth annual “Baseball, Hot Dogs, and Apple Pie.”
The Rangers found themselves in a hole during the top of the first inning as an East Central double cleared the bases for a 3-0 Tiger lead. Northwestern pulled within a run in the bottom of the inning as leadoff Juan Natal reached via an error and scored on Kyle Weber’s RBI single. J.C. Aguayo reached on a single to the right side and scored on a Chris Russell single.
Northwestern went on top with two runs in the second inning, as Wes Brorsen led the inning off with a single and scored on Natal’s triple to deep right center. The Rangers went ahead, 4-3, as Vincent Valdez drove in Natal.
ECU scored two more runs in the top of the third inning to own a 5-4 lead, but the Rangers erupted for four runs in the third. Four different Rangers drove in runs, doing so on two doubles and two singles in the inning.
After three innings of work from starter Garry Thomas, the Rangers used six different pitchers in as many innings. The six relievers held ECU in check, allowing just five hits, one earned run and struck out eight batters.
Thomas (4-3) got the win on the hill, pitching three innings. He struck out one batters in 16 batters faced.
Aguayo led NWOSU offensively with three hits in five at bats. Natal, Valdez and Brorsen all had two-hit games.
Northwestern (23-18, 6-16) will entertain Wayland Baptist University over the weekend with a conference doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 15 and a nine inning game on Saturday. Both days start times are set for 1 p.m. at Myers Stadium.
Thu, April 14, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt