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Dana GandolfoALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State pulled away with a split after downing the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 6-2 in the opener on Wednesday and fell 6-3 in game two.


Northwestern got an unearned run in the first and third innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead, before the Drovers could score a run in the top of the fourth inning.


The Rangers added two runs in the fourth inning on Dana Gandolfo’s triple to left center and put up another two-spot in the fifth inning with a Jackie Kopacek single.


Meagan Lack (7-11) pitched her fifth complete game, giving up six hits and two runs, while striking out two batters.


Northwestern had two more hits than USAO, out hitting them 8-6. Dana Gandolfo had a single in addition to her triple along with two RBIs. Natalie Vasquez was the other Ranger with a pair of hits, as she had two singles.


After USAO scored a run in the second inning, Northwestern evened the game at 1-1 as Natalie Vasquez doubled to plate Gandolfo.


USAO went on to score five unanswered runs through the next three innings. Natalie Vasquez


Northwestern belted two long balls in the bottom of the seventh, as Gandolfo led the inning off with a home run to right center and Vasquez followed with a home run down the left field line. After the Drovers made a pitching change, Northwestern was sat down in order to end the game.


During game two, USAO returned the favor and out hit Northwestern 12-9. Gandolfo was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run and finished the day with a 6-for-7 outing. Vasquez and Heather Hokeah each had two hits, while Ashley Vasquez was the other Ranger with a hit.


Renea Tarwater (4-8) started the game in the circle and threw four innings before giving way to Amy Ramirez. Ramirez pitched two innings, giving up no earned runs and Meagan Lack pitched the last four batters in the final inning.


The Rangers (16-23, 5-11) will return to Alva on Wednesday, April 1 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the University of Science and Arts at the Alva Rec. Complex.