ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State and St. Gregory’s split a pair of one-run games in Alva on Tuesday, Apr. 5, with the Rangers scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to clinch a 9-8 win in the opener, and fell 4-3 after a last inning comeback come up short in game two.
St. Gregory’s first two batters singled and scored on a three-run home run in the first inning, giving the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead. Northwestern repeated that of SGU, getting the first two batters on via a single and then driving them home with a three-run bomb from pitcher Kellie Mason. Northwestern’s next two batters scored to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead after an inning of play.
Therese Beeler and Mason had back to back singles and scored in the second inning to jump out to a 7-3 NWOSU advantage.
SGU scored a run in the fourth inning and crossed home three times in the fifth inning to tie the game at 7-7.
Heather Brewer began the sixth inning being hit by a pitch and later scored on an RBI groundout by Mason. The run put NWOSU up 8-7.
The Cavaliers tied the game again in the top of the seventh inning, hitting their third home run of the game.
After SGU struck out the first two Ranger batters in the seventh, Meagan Lack reached base after being hit by a pitch and Megan Burditt followed with a single. A double steal set up Brewer, who came through with a walk-off double to right centerfield, scoring pinch runner Katie Parsons from third base.
All four of the Rangers’ first four hitters had two hits, with Mason driving in four runs and scoring twice. Mason was credited with the win, giving up nine hits and fanning four batters.
In game two, Northwestern trailed 4-0 before Stephanie Hines hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning and get the Rangers on the board.
Down 4-1 in the final inning, pinch hitter Cheyenne Harper drove in Kylee Wilson and Stephanie Hines with a two-RBI double to pull NWOSU within a run. With one out remaining, the Rangers were unable to get Harper home and suffered the 4-3 loss.
Mason pitched all seven innings and fell to 7-9 on the season. She faced 32 batters and gave up just two earned runs.
The Rangers picked up five hits, while SGU had 12 in the nightcap. Five different players had hits in the effort.
Northwestern (10-17, 2-12) will head for Claremore for seven games in three days. The Rangers and Hillcats of Rogers State will meet for a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday, Apr. 7. Northwestern will then play five games over the weekend at the Border Wars Invitational hosted by Rogers State.
Tue, April 5, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt