ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern clubbed 31 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Hillsdale Baptist at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid during NWOSU’s annual “Baseball, Hot Dogs, and Apple Pie” on Tuesday, April 14. The Rangers blanked the Saints 7-0 in the opener and came out of game two with a 17-7 run-rule.
James McMurphy held Hillsdale to only two hits in six innings of work and kept his undefeated record intact, moving to 5-0 on the season. McMurphy struck out five batters of 24 faced. Matt Stratton faced three batters in the seventh inning, fanning two of them.
The Rangers scored a run in the top of the first inning to go up 1-0 on the Saints. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Rangers added an insurance run as Chris Williams doubled up the middle to plate Valdez.
Northwestern came alive in the sixth inning, putting the game out of reach with five runs on four hits.
The Rangers flashed some leather in the opening game, with two double plays and kept a single away as rightfielder Anthony Cros gunned out a batter at first base.
Williams led the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 performance and three runs batted in while Valdez and Kellan Scott had two hits each.
Hillsdale started out with a two run lead in game two, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Northwestern combated with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first and extended the lead to 8-2, adding five runs in the second.
The Rangers had the Saints down 12-2 through four innings, but they battled back in the fifth inning to score four runs and escape the run-rule.
Hillsdale added another run in the top of the sixth inning to make it 12-7, but the Rangers finished the Saints off with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the run-rule.
The win went to Jared Moore (2-0), who pitched four innings, struck out seven batters and allowed just two hits and two runs. Matt Mahieu pitced and inning, before Stephan Fellows closed out the sixth inning.
The Rangers posted 21 hits in the game, with Kellan Scott leading the way with four hits in five at bats. Scott had two doubles, a stolen base, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Three players had three hits, including: Tom Huddleston, Chad Anglin and Josue Rios. Every starter had at least one hit in the game.
Northwestern (24-19, 9-12) will begin a three-game series with No. 2 Oklahoma City University with a single game beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in Oklahoma City.
Wed, April 15, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt