ALVA, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian took games three and four between the Rangers and Eagles, downing Northwestern 5-4 and 9-1 at the Alva Rec. Complex on Thursday, April 23. With the two losses, Northwestern fell to 19-26 overall and to 8-14 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Rangers knotted the game up at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, after Oklahoma Christian held a 3-0 advantage. Northwestern scored two of the three runs on a Dana Gandolfo triple and then Natalie Vasquez drove in Gandolfo to tie the game.
Both teams posted a solo run in the sixth inning and were scoreless through seven innings.
With the scored tied at 4-4, the teams were forced to use the international tie-breaker. Oklahoma Christian moved its runner to third with the first batter and scored with a single. The Eagles upheld the one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Northwestern was sat down in order.
Renea Tarwater (4-9) pitched the complete eight innings, giving up only one earned run. She struck out one and walked one.
Both teams had eight hits. Gandolfo led the Rangers with a 2-for-2 performance as she had half of the team’s runs batted in.
In game two, the Rangers and Eagles were deadlocked at 1-1 after the first inning, but the Eagles exploded for nine hits over the next four innings to run-rule NWOSU, 9-1 in five innings.
Northwestern was out-slugged 11-4 by the Eagles.
Kati Jo Gabaldon had a double and a single in two trips to the plate, while Gandolfo tripled (her second of the day and fifth of the season) and Jackie Kopacek singled.
Meagan Lack (7-13) took the loss for Northwestern. She pitched an inning and faced 10 batters. Amy Ramirez finished the final four innings, striking out one and allowing two earned runs.
The Ranger softball team (27-16, 10-8) will play Oklahoma City University once on Friday and once on Saturday in conference action. Northwestern will also play Southwestern College (Kan.) a game each on Friday and Saturday. All four games will be played on the campus of Oklahoma City University.
Fri, April 24, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt