ALVA, Okla. – After 17 innings of play, Northwestern and the University of Science and Arts split one-run games on the softball diamond on Tuesday afternoon in Alva. USAO took game one in 10 innings, scoring two runs in the top of the 10th inning for a 10-9 victory, while Northwestern won on a wild pitch in game two to win 3-2.
Northwestern trailed 4-0 through four complete innings in the opener. The Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as McKenna Wilson led the inning off with a double, scored on Therese Beeler’s single, and Beeler scored on a double by Katie Thomas.
After USAO went ahead 6-2 in the top of the seventh, Northwestern battled back for four runs in the bottom of the inning to force extra innings. They did so on two hits and two Drover errors.
With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, the two teams both scored solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings. USAO pushed across two runs in the top of the 10th inning, but Northwestern would only score Kellie Mason to fall 10-9 in the nearly three-hour contest.
Mason pitched all but one out in the game. She faced 48 batters, struck out four and allowed 15 hits. Meagan Lack recorded the final out, facing just one batter.
Northwestern had six hits in the ballgame, as Katie Thomas had the only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-5 with three runs batted in and a double.
USAO led game two off with a pair of runs in the first inning and held the Rangers scoreless until the fifth inning.
In the fifth, Stephanie Hines reached on a double and scored as Mason reached on an error by the first baseman.
Northwestern knotted the score at 2-2 as Meagan Burditt led the sixth inning off with a single and scored on a bobble by the leftfielder.
With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh inning, USAO uncorked a wild pitch, scoring Thomas for the game winning run.
The Rangers picked up nine hits, while holding USAO to just four. Meagan Lack picked up her first win of the season and second complete game. She struck out six batters and gave up only four hits and two earned runs.
Hines and Wilson both had two hits each, while Hines recorded her fifth double of the season.
The Rangers (11-22, 3-15) take on St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee on Thursday Apr. 14 in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
Wed, April 13, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt