ALVA, Okla. – Ranger softball head coach Cody Hooper collected his 300th Northwestern victory, as the Rangers split a doubleheader with Mid-America Christian University at the Alva Rec. Complex on Friday afternoon. Northwestern run-ruled the Evangels 17-3 in the first game, before falling 17-12 in the season finale.
Kellie Mason pitched a gem in the opener, recording 14 of the 15 outs via strikeouts. Mason allowed just five hits and one earned run in picking up her ninth win of the season.
The Rangers pounded out 10 hits and 13 runs over the second and third innings to hold a commanding 13-1 lead.
MACU scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings while Northwestern added four runs in the fourth inning.
Six players had two hits as Mason had a game-high three runs batted in.
After three innings in the season finale, Northwestern found itself down 9-0 through three innings. The Rangers didn’t lie down, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning to come within two runs of the Evangels.
Mid-America added two more runs in the fifth inning to lead 11-7. Northwestern used a five-run fifth to own a 12-11 lead, but MACU scored six runs in the final inning and held NWOSU to a hit in each the sixth and seventh innings.
Northwestern was outhit 19-15, with 9 runs being unearned.
Katie Thomas, McKenna Wilson and Therese Beeler each had three hits, while Beeler, Thomas and Mason all doubled.
Meagan Lack (1-9) took the loss in 4.1 innings of relief work of starter Renea Tarwater.
Hooper’s 300th win comes in his 11th season as the head softball coach at Northwestern. The Rangers softball program began in 2001.
Northwestern finished the season at 14-34 overall and 5-21 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Posted on Fri, April 29, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt