OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After downing Mid-America Christian in a 15-5 run-rule on Thursday, Northwestern dropped its final conference road doubleheader, falling 7-4 and 10-9 to the Evangels on Saturday.
With a 1-1 tie headed into the third inning of game one, MACU tacked on four runs on four hits to take a 5-1 lead.
orthwestern scored a run in the fourth inning on a Joe Cervantes solo home run, but the Evangels added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 7-2 lead. The Rangers closed out their scoring with two runs in the sixth inning on Clint Dodds’ triple and a sacrifice fly coming off the bat of Patrick Johnson Jr.
J.C. Aguayo had half of the Rangers hits, going 3-for-3 with a run batted in. Vincent Valdez, Cervantes and Dodds were the other players with a hit in the game.
Derek Epps took the loss in his first start of the season, pitching 4.1 innings. Danny Santiago threw 1.2 innings of relief work, striking out three of five batters faced.
In game two, all but one of Northwestern’s nine runs came from a home run. After MACU led 8-0 after three innings, the Rangers used the long ball to get back into the game.
Wade Schwerdtfeger hit a fourth inning three-run shot, his first of the season and Wes Brorsen uncorked a grand slam to left field in the fifth inning to pull NWOSU within two runs, down 10-8.
Richard Burdick hit the Rangers’ third long ball of the game in the seventh inning with an out, but Northwestern couldn’t do any more damage, falling by a run in the final inning.
Brorsen drove in four runs and scored twice while going 2-for-4 at the plate. Vincent Valdez had two hits, including his 14th double of the season, as Northwestern picked up nine hits in the nightcap.
Garry Thomas evened his record to 4-4 on the mound with the loss, pitching two innings. Chase Phelps and Zac Floyd followed, both with two innings of work.
Northwestern (25-23, 8-21) will play a nonconference doubleheader with Friends (Kan.) on Tuesday, April 26.
Tue, April 26, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt