ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern and Rogers State entered Saturday’s doubleheader with the same overall record (22-15) and left with the same record (23-16) as the two teams split a doubleheader at Myers Stadium on Saturday. Rogers State took the opener, 5-4, using a three-run home run to propel them to victory and the Rangers followed with 6-1 game two win.
Rogers State opened the scoring in the opener, leading off the second inning with a home run to left field to take a 1-0 lead.
Chris Williams leadoff double in the second inning tied the game at 1-1, as he scored on a 4-6-3 double play.
Northwestern tacked on three runs with two outs in the third inning as Lester Gonzalez and scored on Vincent Valdez’ double down the right field line. Valdez and Wade Schwerdtfeger, who reached on a single, were brought home by Chris Williams’ single to the left side of the infield, giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
The Rangers escaped the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth inning, as a leadoff walk was the only run to score, forcing the score to 4-2.
Rogers State’s Rob Rodriquez provided the big blast for the Hillcats in the sixth inning, hitting a three-run homerun to give RSU the 5-4 victory.
Northwestern outhit Rogers State by one, 10-9. Schwerdtfeger, Williams and Zach Theademan all picked up two hits in the game. Valdez recorded his team-leading 18th double.
Danny Santiago (6-4) went the distance on the mound, striking out seven batters, scattering nine hits and allowed four earned runs.
Rogers State scored first in game two, pushing a run across in the first inning.
Valdez tied the game in the bottom of the first as he hit his ninth home run of the season. NWOSU scored the go-ahead run in the second inning and added three runs in the fourth inning, all unearned. The Rangers tacked on their final run of the day in the fifth inning, while shutting out the Hillcats for the final six innings of play.
With one out in the top of the seventh and two runners on, Tom Huddleston made a diving catch below the 350 sign in right center field, got up and fired the ball into the infield for a 84356 double play and to end any Hillcat threat.
Garry Thomas (6-1) picked up the win, pitching six innings. Thomas fanned 11 batters and didn’t allow an earned run, while giving up only three hits. Mike Pratali finished the seventh inning, pitching to four batters. He struck out one and allowed a pair of hits.
Juan Natal paced NWOSU, as he was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and RBI. Williams was also flawless with a 2-for-2 outing and a walk. Tom Huddleston drove in a pair of runs and scored a run, while Valdez and Jacob Walsh were the other Rangers with hits.
The Rangers and Hillcats will finish the series on Sunday, April 18 at Myers Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. to start the nine-inning game.
Sat, April 17, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt