ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger softball team pulled off a split with Southern Nazarene on Tuesday in two different types of games. Northwestern snuck by with a 5-3 win in game one before falling 19-12 in a slugfest in the finale.
In game one, NWOSU came back from being down 3-2 after the Crimson Storm scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Northwestern scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Ashley Lovelady’s double scored Christina Mueller, who singled, and Therese Beeler’s triple scored Lovelady as Beeler also advanced to home on a SNU error.
Both teams scored runs in the third inning and the Rangers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Natalie Vasquez’ double drove in Jacey Juden.
Northwestern was outhit 10-7, while Southern Nazarene committed six errors in the opener.
Beeler had two hits for the Rangers, scored a run and drove in a run, while Lovelady, Juden, Vasquez, Mueller and Katie Glenn all had a hit.
Juden took the win, fanning six batters, walking three and allowing three earned runs in the complete-game win, her 17th of the year.
Game two was a story of runs, hits and errors as plenty of each were present.
The Rangers held an 8-0 lead after two innings of play. SNU chipped into that lead, scoring four runs in the top of the third inning. The Crimson Storm tacked on 11 runs in the fourth inning, using seven hits and four Ranger errors, to take a 15-8 advantage.
Northwestern added four more runs to pull to a 15-12 deficit, before the Crimson Storm added a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
The two teams combined for 32 hits and 11 errors, with SNU holding the lead in both categories with 19 hits and seven miscues.
Five Rangers had two-hit performances, as the Rangers racked up 13 hits. Juden and Glenn tripled, while Christina Mueller had a double.
Juden (14-12) took the loss, throwing 6.1 innings as she started and finished the game after Renea Tarwater pitched two outs in the fourth inning.
Northwestern remains even on the season at 21-21 overall and is 12-16 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. NWOSU will take on Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday, April 15 in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at the Alva Rec. Complex.
Wed, April 14, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt