BETHANY, Okla. – After taking the No. 19 Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm to 12 innings in Alva on Thursday, Northwestern fell twice to SNU, 15-5 and 16-5, during Saturday’s doubleheader in Bethany.
In game one, Southern Nazarene used a 10-hit, 10-run fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie and take the eventual run-rule victory.
Anthony Cros and Kellan Scott had multi-hit games for the Rangers. Cros posted a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate with two doubles, a home run and an RBI, while Scott had two singles in three at bats.
On the mound, Jeremy Lawson (5-6) was pinned with the loss, striking out four batters in 4.1 innings.
Game two was a similar score, with SNU taking a 16-5 run-rule win in five innings. The Crimson Storm used two big innings, scoring seven runs in the second inning and adding five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
James McMurphy received his first loss of the season to drop to 6-1 on the mound. He pitched an inning and two-thirds, before giving way to Jarad Moore. Moore threw for two innings and was relieved by Matt Mahieu, who faced two batters and got the final out for the Rangers.
At the plate, four hitters accounted for all eight Ranger hits. Cros repeated his game one performance, going 3-for-3 and added three runs batted in. He had a double and hit his 15th home run of the season. Brandon Alvarez knocked in two hits and scored two runs while going 2-for-2 with a home run, while Dan Coury had two singles in the game. Tom Huddleston was the only other Ranger with a hit, as he hit his team-high sixth triple of the season.
Northwestern, now at 26-25 overall and at 10-17 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, enters its final week of the regular season with a single game with USAO at Chickasha on Thursday, April 30. The two teams will return to Alva for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Ranger Field on Saturday, May 2.
Mon, April 27, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt