NORTHWESTERN AND STERLING SPLIT

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NORTHWESTERN AND STERLING SPLIT

NORTHWESTERN AND STERLING SPLITALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team salvaged a split with Sterling College (Kan.) on Monday, April 26, taking game one 6-3 and falling in the later, 11-8, at Myers Stadium.

Northwestern cruised to a 6-0 lead in the opener, before Sterling scored three runs in its final at bat.

Chris Williams got the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a second inning solo home run to right field and extended the lead when he drove two runs in on a third inning double. The Rangers tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Tom Huddleston drove in Quinton Haynes on a double, and later scored on a wild pitch. NWOSU scored its final run in the fifth inning when Huddleston recorded his second run batted in on a sacrifice fly, plating Zach Theademan.

The Rangers got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, as Kevin Hajny pitched the final three outs, facing six batters.

Jarad Moore (1-1) was credited with the win in six innings of work. He allowed two earned runs, four hits and struck out eight Warriors.

Williams led the Rangers with a 2-for-4 performance, and picked up three RBI’s. Vincent Valdez also had two hits, as the Rangers tallied seven hits as a team.

Northwestern got off to a slow start in game two, as they were down 11-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Rangers did battle back for five runs on five hits, but the comeback fell short in the 11-8 loss.

Valdez recorded two doubles in the game, tying the single-season double record with his 22nd double of the season.

Five players tallied 10 hits for NWOSU, as Valdez, Williams and Theademan all had two hits. Juan Natal led the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Tom O’Gorman was the other Ranger with a hit.

James McMurphy (1-2) took the loss. He pitched 3.2 innings and was pinned with two earned runs, while picking up three strikeouts. Jeremy Lawson didn’t allow an earned run in three innings of relief and Chase Kokojan pitched the final out of the ballgame.

The Rangers (27-18, 12-12) will entertain St. Gregory’s University on Thursday, April 29 at Myers Stadium for a 3 p.m. nine-inning game.