SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Ranger softball team used six home runs to sweep Oklahoma Baptist in doubleheader action in Shawnee on Thursday, taking 9-3 and 6-3 wins. Northwestern improved to 19-24 overall and to 8-12 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Rangers came back from a 3-1 deficit through three innings, scoring eight runs over the last four innings. Kati Jo Gabaldon, Jeana Hancock and Christina Mueller all went deep for the Rangers, as the team pounded out 12 hits.
Renea Tarwater received the start and pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out one. Amy Ramirez got the win in relief to improve her record to 7-4. Ramirez pitched four innings and allowed just two hits.
Three Rangers had two-hit performances, including Dana Gandolfo, Hancock and Mueller.
The Rangers and Bison went into extra innings, after playing to a 3-3 tie through seven. Northwestern erupted for three runs in the top of the eighth as Gandolfo singled in a run, Hancock hit a sacrifice fly and Heather Hokeah homered.
Again, Northwestern hit three home runs, as Hokeah hit two home runs and Mueller hit another one.
Ramirez picked up her second win of the day and eighth win of the season, throwing three innings of relief work. She didn’t allow a hit and struck out one. Meagan Lack began the game in the circle for NWOSU.
Jackie Kopacek led the way with a 3-for-4 performance.
The Ranger softball team (19-24, 8-12) is off for the weekend and will next travel to Oklahoma City University on Tuesday, April 21 to play a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.
Fri, April 17, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt