ALVA, Okla. – After 50 hits between Northwestern Oklahoma State and Oklahoma Christian on Saturday, the Eagles of Oklahoma Christian swept the Rangers in doubleheader action at Myers Stadium in Alva, 12-1 and 15-12.
In game one, Oklahoma Christian struck first with a solo home run from its third batter, but Northwestern’s Juan Natal knotted the ball game at 1-1 as he deposited the first pitch he saw over the right centerfield fence.
The Eagles added two more runs with a two-run home run in the third inning and added six runs in the fourth inning to hold a 9-1 lead. OC tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning to force the 12-1 run-rule.
Ben Dorman (1-6) took the loss, pitching 3.1 innings. He was relieved by Garry Thomas, who threw 2.1 innings and Zac Floyd, pitching an out.
Northwestern had seven hits and gave up 15 to the Eagles. Michael Ciombor and Quinton Haynes picked up two hits, while Valdez hit his 10th double of the season and Natal’s home run was his sixth of the year.
The Rangers had 11 hits in the second game, while OC scored 12 runs through the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Northwestern jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first inning, but found itself down 13-12 after five innings. The Eagles crossed the plate twice in the seventh inning to end the scoring and advance to the 15-12 win.
Wade Schwerdtfeger went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, while Joe Cervantes, Haynes and Ciombor all had two-hit games.
Jordan Flittie (0-1) took the loss in 1.1 innings of relief of Mario Carrasco, who lasted 3.1 innings as a starter. Josh Swain threw 1.1 innings and Danny Santiago closed out the seventh.
Northwestern (21-15, 6-13) will head to Sterling, Kan. to take on Sterling College on Monday, Apr. 1 at 1 p.m. in a nine inning game.
Sat, April 2, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt