RANGERS EDGE BISON IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP

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RANGERS EDGE BISON IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP

RANGERS EDGE BISON IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEPALVA, Okla. – Northwestern regained full possession of fifth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference from Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday, April 24, edging the Bison in a doubleheader sweep, 2-1 and 4-3, at Myers Stadium.

In game one, Tom Huddleston led off the first inning with a walk, advanced to second on a balk, and then scored on Chris Williams’ RBI single to right field to put the Rangers on the board first. Northwestern tacked on another run in the fourth inning as Tom O’Gorman blasted a shot to right field, his 12 of the season.

The Bison scored an unearned run in the sixth inning to pull within a run, but Josh Swain set down four of the next five batters down in relief to gather his second save of the season and end the Bison’s hopes. Garry Thomas moved to a team-best 7-1 on the mound, pitching 5.1 innings. He spread three hits, while fanning seven batters and didn’t allow an earned run.

Both teams posted four hits, as eight separate players had them. Huddleston, Williams, O’Gorman and Jacob Walsh owned the four Ranger hits.

Game Two

The Rangers scored their leadoff batter in the third inning, as Jacob Walsh singled to start the inning. Walsh later scored on a single up the middle from Vincent Valdez to go up 1-0.

Northwestern’s starter, Calvin Wright, pitched 4.2 innings before allowing a hit. After OBU’s initial hit in the fourth, the Bison then scored three runs to propel the Bison to a 3-1 lead.

The Rangers countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the first three batters all scored, giving NWOSU a 4-3 advantage.

Wright held OBU scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, before Josh Swain and Mike Pratali combined for a scoreless seventh inning. Pratali got the save, pitching the final out of the game. Wright advanced to 3-1 on the season as he struck out four and allowed four hits in six innings of work.

Seven different players had a hit each as the Rangers outhit OBU 7-5. Zach Theademan picked up his third double of the season while Quinton Haynes hit his first two-bagger of the season. Juan Natal hit a two-out second inning triple.

Northwestern (26-17, 12-12) will meet Sterling College (Kan.) at Myers Stadium for a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader on Monday, April 26 before closing the season with its final two conference matchups.