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Meagan LackALVA, Okla. – Northwestern came from behind for a victory in game one and then snuck by Mid-America Christian easily in the second game, taking a 10-9 win in the opener and defeating the Evangels 12-6 in the nightcap on Monday at the Alva Rec. Complex.


After trailing 8-7 through five and a half innings, Northwestern couldn’t get a run across with the bases loaded and one out. The Evangels threw out a base runner and got Northwestern to ground out, to hold the one-run lead through six innings.


Mid-America struck with an insurance run in the top of the seventh to pull away to a 9-7 lead.


Northwestern’s Dana Gandolfo singled to score Ashley Vasquez in the seventh to come within a run. The Rangers scored the tying run in the bottom half of the seventh as Gandolfo took off from first base to draw a throw, while Tanya Parker advanced home to plate the tying run. Therese Beeler singled up the middle to move Gandolfo over to third and eventually scored the game-winning run as Jackie Kopacek reached on a muffed grounder by the pitcher.


In a game that took two hours and 45 minutes, the Rangers had 13 hits with Gandolfo leading the offensive charge for NWOSU. She was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Natalie Vasquez and Jeana Hancock turned in two-hit performances.


Meagan Lack went the distance in the circle for her sixth win of the season, allowing five earned runs and striking out two Evangels.


Northwestern jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game, scoring two runs in the first inning and a single run in the third inning off Hancock’s doubled to left center.


The Rangers ran into a buzz saw in the top of the fifth inning, when MACU scored six runs on five hits and an error, and took a 6-3 lead. Northwestern answered with a pair of runs in the sixth inning to come within a run, trailing 6-5.


Northwestern exploded for seven hits, scoring seven runs in the sixth inning and held the Evangels scoreless in the seventh inning to take the 12-6 win.


Heather Hokeah, Natalie Vasquez and Hancock all turned in three-hit performances. Renea Tarwater started on the mound and pitched 4.2 innings, before giving way to Amy Ramirez, who moved to 5-4 on the season with the win. Ramirez struck out three batters and didn’t allow a run in 2.1 innings pitched.


The Rangers, currently 15-22 overall and 4-10 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, host the University of Science and Arts on Wednesday, April 6, for a 2 p.m. doubleheader start at the Alva Rec. Complex.