ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team took game one of the Oklahoma Christian series, defeating the Eagles 11-6 at Myers Stadium on Thursday. Danny Santiago improved to 6-3 with the complete-game win.
Oklahoma Christian scored two runs in the first inning, including a home run to start off the game.
In the second inning, Tom Huddleston drove in two runs with a single, after the bases were loaded on three OC walks.
Juan Natal singled and stole second in the third inning and scored on Zach Theademan’s double, pulling the Rangers to a 3-2 advantage.
The game was tied in the fourth inning as the Eagles leadoff hitter scored to knot the game at 3-3.
Tom O’Gorman and Dustin Williams doubled in the fifth inning and both scored , giving NWOSU a 5-3 lead.
The Eagles threatened in the seventh inning with a solo home run to leave the score at 5-4, but Northwestern sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, scoring six times that was highlighted by a grand slam from Vincent Valdez, his seventh long ball of the season.
Oklahoma Christian scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to cap the scoring for the Eagles.
Huddleston led the Rangers with a 3-for-6 performance, while five other Rangers turned in two-hit performances. Valdez, O’Gorman and Dustin Williams all had doubles, while Valdez had the only home run for NWOSU.
Santiago struck out six batters out of 37 faced. He walked two, allowed just nine hits and five earned runs.
Northwestern (20-13, 7-9) will travel to Edmond on Saturday, April 10 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader to complete the three-game series.
Thu, April 8, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt