NORTHWESTERN TAKES ONE OF THREE OVER THE WEEKEND

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NORTHWESTERN TAKES ONE OF THREE OVER THE WEEKEND

Tom HuddlestonOver the weekend, the Ranger baseball team dropped a pair of games to No. 2 Oklahoma City University and came up with a 22-14 beating of Bethany (Kan.). With the 1-2 weekend record, the Rangers advanced to 26-21 overall.

 

On Saturday against OCU, Northwestern only had three hits in a 19-1 game-one loss to the Stars. Chris Williams, Clint Dodds and Brad Bartsch had singles in the game.

 

Northwestern’s lone run came in the fifth inning, as Dodds singled in Williams. All three of the Rangers hits came during the fifth inning, as OCU had two pitchers combining for a no-hitter through the first four innings.

 

Game two was much closer, with the Stars taking the 11-8 win. The teams combined for 31 hits, with Northwestern having 17 of them.

 

Oklahoma City put up six runs in the top of the sixth inning to come back from a 7-5 deficit.  

 

Tom Huddleston was 4-for-5 with three runs batted in as he stroked a pair of doubles. Dan Coury hit his team-leading 17th home run and was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Chad Anglin and Williams both had three-hit performances.

 

Andrew Ford (1-4) was pinned with the loss, throwing 5.1 innings and striking out five batters. Jarad Moore finished the final inning and two thirds, allowing no earned runs.

 

On Sunday, Northwestern traveled to Lindsborg, Kan. and downed the Swedes 22-14 in a slugfest that featured 44 hits. Northwestern held the edge, out hitting Bethany 27-17, while each team had an error.

 

After jumping to an 8-3 lead, Northwestern tacked on five runs in the fifth inning and six more in the sixth inning to hold a 19-10 lead. Northwestern scored three in the top of the ninth, while Bethany added four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

 

Anthony Cros and Williams both had two home runs, while Kellan Scott and Brad Bartsch each had a homer. Three Rangers had four hits, including Tom Huddleston, Williams and Bartsch. Cros and Williams accounted for 12 runs, with Cros driving in seven and Williams knocking in five runs.

 

James McMurphy extended his undefeated record to 6-0 as four different relievers were used.

 

Northwestern (26-21, 10-12) will meet Kansas Wesleyan on Monday, April 20 in game just added to the schedule. First pitch of the nine-inning game is set for 6 p.m.