OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – For the first time since the 2002 season, when Northwestern joined the Sooner Athletic Conference, the Rangers upset No. 2 Oklahoma City. Northwestern’s Anthony Cros had a career day, hitting a solo home run in the first inning and a grand slam during the second inning, giving Northwestern all five of its runs to defeat Oklahoma City 5-4 at Jim Wade Stadium.
After Cros hit a solo home run in the first inning with an out and a grand slam with two outs in the second inning, Oklahoma City held the Rangers scoreless and nearly hitless, as Vincent Valdez was the only other Ranger player to get a hit. OCU outhit the Rangers 10-3.
Oklahoma City scored a run in the bottom of the first off of starter Chase Phelps and two more during the third inning and one in the sixth inning to close the gap to 5-4. Phelps was lifted after five complete innings and allowed eight hits and struck out five batters.
Three Rangers combined for four innings of relief work and gave up just two hits. Cameron Taylor pitched the sixth and seventh innings, before Matt Stratton recorded two outs in the eighth. Andrew Ford received the save, closing out the final one and a third innings. Ford escaped the eighth inning, as the Stars left the bases loaded. He sat OCU down in order during the ninth inning, forcing them the first two batters to ground out to shortstop and striking out the last batter looking.
Phelps advanced to 6-2 on the season as Oklahoma City lost its sixth game and is now 40-6 overall and in second place in the Sooner Athletic Conference behind No. 1 Lubbock Christian, with a 17-5 conference mark.
The Rangers (25-19, 10-12) and Stars (40-6, 17-5) will meet at Ranger Field for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
Posted on Fri, April 17, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt