ALVA, Okla. – Howling winds with gusts of up to 44 miles per hour at Ranger Field allowed for 77 runs between Northwestern and Wayland Baptist in a three-game series. The Rangers were on the short end of all three, dropping two games on Friday, 14-11 and 21-6, and falling 14-11 in the single nine-inning game on Saturday, April 4.
Nine runs were scored in the second inning of the first game, with Wayland Baptist holding a 5-4 advantage. The Rangers took the lead with three runs in the third, but Wayland Baptist rallied for eight runs in the next three innings.
The Rangers outhit WBU 14-13 and left 12 runners on base.
Vincent Valdez, Anthony Cros and Chad Anglin all had round-trippers in the game, while Dan Coury led the Rangers offensively with a 4-for-5 outing with a double.
Matt Stratton (2-1) was pinned with the loss after throwing 2.1 innings of relief of starter Chase Phelps, who pitched five complete innings and struck out five.
Wayland Baptist out slugged the Rangers 22-9 in game two to shorten the game to a five inning run-rule. Three Rangers had two hits, including: Tom Huddleston, Coury and Valdez.
Andrew Ford (1-2) started and pitched an inning before giving way to Matt Mahieu, who threw two innings. Jarrod Inman pitched a third of an inning before Cody Keiffer pitched 1.2 innings and faced the final 12 batters.
Northwestern and Wayland accounted for 34 hits in Saturday’s nine inning game, as the Rangers had 15 hits of their own.
Wayland jumped out to a 7-0 lead after an inning and a half, but the Rangers countered with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Pioneers scored four more in the top of the fourth, but the Rangers got back in the thick of it with two runs in each of the third, fourth and sixth innings to knot the game at 11-11.
The Pioneers added a run in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to seal the 14-11 win.
With the high winds, the two teams combined for 11 home runs. Cros, Dan Coury, Brad Bartsch, Kellan Scott and Brandon Alvarez all went deep for Northwestern.
Valdez, Coury and Alvarez all led the way with three hits. Cameron Taylor started the game and pitched three innings before Jeremy Lawson came into hold Wayland Baptist to only two runs in five innings of work. Lawson (4-4) fanned seven batters in 20 batters faced and was tagged with the loss.
In the three-game series, both teams combined for 28 home runs and 21 doubles.
Northwestern (21-16, 8-10) travels to Lindsborg, Kan. on Tuesday, April 7 to play a nine inning game at 4 p.m. against Bethany College.
Sat, April 4, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt