ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern cut a nine-inning game short on Thursday afternoon by run-ruling Mid-America Christian, 15-5, in eight innings. The Rangers used six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to do so, upping Northwestern’s record to 25-21 on the season and to 8-19 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Vincent Valdez’ team-leading ninth home run of the season got the Rangers off to a 1-0 advantage in the first inning. Mid-America took a brief lead with two runs in the third inning, but doubles by J.C. Aguayo and Wes Brorsen followed by a sacrifice fly by Richard Burdick, led to two runs in the bottom half of the frame, giving the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Northwestern scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning and tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning.
Leading 9-5 in the eighth inning, NWOSU scored six runs on five hits to enforce the run-rule victory. Joe Cervantes led the inning off with his fourth home run of the season and recorded the game-winning, bases loaded RBI walk, scoring Valdez.
The Rangers out-hit the Evangels 17-10, including 10 extra base hits. In addition to picking up the win on the mound, Aguayo led the Rangers with four hits. Patrick Johnson Jr. picked up three hits in five at bats, scored four runs and hit two doubles. In addition to Valdez and Cervantez’ home runs, Dodds added his second home run of his career with a three-run home run in the eighth inning.
Aguayo advanced to 5-2, pitching six complete innings. He allowed eight hits and recorded five strikeouts. Jordan Flittie pitched to four batters before Chase Phelps struck out three of five batters faced in 1.2 innings of work.
Northwestern (25-21, 8-19) will end the three-game series with Mid-America Christian in Oklahoma City with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 23.
Thu, April 21, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt