ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern baseball team defeated the Rogers State Hillcats, 5-3, on Sunday in a postponed game from Friday, giving the Ranger the series win. The victory put Northwestern into fifth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference, with a 10-11 mark.
The Rangers scored three runs in the first inning, using five consecutive hits. Wade Schwerdtfeger and Vincent Valdez, who reached on a double, were both plated on Chris William’s double down the left field line. Williams scored on Juan Natal’s RBI single to propel NWOSU to a 3-1 lead.
Tom Huddleston turned a single through the right side into a run, after Schwerdtfeger drove him in double, forcing the score to a 4-1 Ranger lead.
Calvin Wright kept the Hillcats hitless through 5.1 innings, when Rogers State finally struck with a double.
Northwestern suffered three runs in the seventh inning, with RSU scoring two of the three with two outs. Rogers State pulled within a run, 4-3, after three walks and a hit by pitch during the seventh inning.
Valdez kicked off the bottom of the seventh inning with his 10th homer of the season to boost NWOSU by two runs, 5-3.
Josh Swain finished the final 2.1 innings, striking out five of the nine batters he faced and ended the Hillcats offensive threat.
Wright advanced to 2-1 on the season, pitching 6.2 innings. He sat down seven batters, allowed two hits and three runs, all earned. Swain picked up his first save of the season and the Rangers’ fifth of the year.
Northwestern had 10 more hits than Rogers State, out slugging them 13-3. Four Rangers had multi-hit games, with Wade Schwerdtfeger leading the way with a 3-for-4 performance with a run and RBI. Williams, Valdez and Juan Natal all had two hits in the game.
The Rangers (24-16) will be idle until Thursday, April 22 when they head to Shawnee to meet Oklahoma Baptist in a 6 p.m. single nine-inning game.
Sun, April 18, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt