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Anthony CrosALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team dropped its eighth consecutive game, as they lost 12-8 to Oklahoma Baptist (29-14, 9-13) in the first of a three-game series at Ranger Field. Northwestern is now 21-18 overall and 8-11 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.


The game was scoreless through two innings of play. Northwestern had a chance in the bottom of the second when Chris Williams led off with his first of three doubles on the day and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Williams was left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts and a pop up which ended the inning.


Oklahoma Baptist tagged the Rangers for four runs in the third inning and added another run in the fifth inning to pull ahead 5-0.


The Rangers added three runs of their own in the fifth inning as Anthony Cros and Dan Coury singled in runs and Vincent Valdez tripled to center to score Cody Keiffer, who was courtesy running for Coury.


The Bison exploded again in the sixth inning, this time for five runs on five hits.Chris Williams


Northwestern answered with a  solo run in the sixth on Brad Bartsch’s home run, but the Bison extended their lead to 12-4 with two more runs in the seventh inning.


Williams stroked his third double of the afternoon, plating three runs in the seventh inning, pulling Northwestern to within five runs. Cros doubled in Bartsch in the bottom of the eight to end the scoring for both teams.


Williams and Cros accounted for seven of Northwestern’s 15 hits, one less than OBU. Cros had a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles and Williams had three hits in five at bats, with three runs batted in and three doubles.


Cameron Taylor (2-3) gave up eight runs and struck out two batters in five and two-thirds innings on the mound. Matt Stratton pitched a third of an inning, before Keiffer pitched an inning and Stephen Fellows threw the last two innings.


The Rangers (21-18, 8-11) finish off the Oklahoma Baptist series in Shawnee on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.