SHAWNEE, Okla. – In the first game of the Northwestern – Oklahoma Baptist series, OBU moved a half game in front of the Rangers with a 10-7 defeat of Northwestern on Thursday in a nine inning game in Shawnee. Northwestern, now in sixth place in the conference, is vying for a conference tournament spot, as six teams will make the post-season tourney.
After falling behind 2-0 through two innings, NWOSU scored a pair of runs in the third inning as Jacob Walsh homered and Wade Schwerdtfeger drove in Zach Theademan, who doubled, with a double of his own to knot the game at 2-2.
OBU struck for two more runs in the fourth inning, but a four-run Ranger fifth inning, including four hits and two OBU errors, led to a 6-4 Ranger lead.
The Bison cut the lead to one with a solo run in the bottom of the fifth inning and put themselves ahead 9-6 after a four run fourth inning.
Schwerdtfeger led the ninth inning off with a home run for the Rangers, but OBU was able to retire the next three batters to ward off any Ranger threat.
The Rangers picked up 11 hits as Walsh paced Northwestern offensively with a 3-for-4 outing at the plate. He scored two runs and picked up an RBI on his fourth home run of the season. Theademan, Schwerdtfeger and Juan Natal all recorded two-hit performances.
Danny Santiago (6-5) started on the hill and pitched 5.1 innings in receiving the loss. Josh Swain threw 1.2 innings of relief followed by an inning from Jarad Moore.
Northwestern (24-17, 10-12) closes out the Oklahoma Baptist series on Saturday, April 24 in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Stadium.
Fri, April 23, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt