OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Northwestern’s softball team went .500 over the weekend, dropping a pair of games to No. 8 Oklahoma City and twice defeated Southwestern College (Kan.) at Ann Lacy Stadium on the Oklahoma City University campus.
On Friday, the Rangers failed to get a hit in their opening game against the eighth ranked Stars.
Meagan Lack started the game, pitching three and a third innings and was tagged with all nine runs. Amy Ramirez pitched the final two thirds of an inning.
Northwestern did reach base in the fourth and fifth innings. Tanya Parker walked in the fourth inning and reached base on a wild pitch, while Heather Hokeah reached base on an error in the fifth inning.
In the second game of the day, against Southwestern (Kan.), Northwestern didn’t have any trouble disposing of the Moundbuilders.
Southwestern scored a run in the first inning, while the Rangers held them scoreless over the next five innings. Northwestern picked up four runs in the fifth inning and tacked on six more in the seventh for the run-rule victory.
Four Rangers had two-hit games. Tanya Parker and Jeana Hancock went deep, as Parker picked up five runs batted in.
Lack picked up the win in relief, pitching five innings and allowing just one hit on the afternoon.
The Rangers started off Saturday with a 6-3 win over Southwestern. Northwestern scored single runs in the first, third and sixth innings and posted three runs in the fifth Kati Jo Gabaldon’s two RBI double and on a Southwestern error.
Lack recorded her second consecutive win in relief. She pitched 4.2 innings, allowed no runs and a hit, while striking out one batter. Renea Tarwater started the game and pitched 2.1 innings.
Gabaldon led the Rangers, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run.
In the second meeting against Oklahoma City, the Stars again scored nine runs as the Rangers were able to score once.
With a 3-1 lead, OCU scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to get the win.
Northwestern was out hit 12-4 as four Rangers hit singles.
The Ranger softball team (21-28, 8-16) will host Rogers State on Tuesday, April 28 in the final regular season conference doubleheader at the Alva Rec. Complex. First pitched is slated for 2 p.m.
Mon, April 27, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt