SOFTBALL COMPLETES FOUR-GAME SWEEP OF OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN

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SOFTBALL COMPLETES FOUR-GAME SWEEP OF OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN

SOFTBALL COMPLETES FOUR-GAME SWEEP OF OKLAHOMA CHRISTIANALVA, Okla. – The Ranger softball team picked up three wins against Oklahoma Christian on Thursday, finishing a suspended game from more than a month ago to win 9-8, and swiping a doubleheader 12-4 and 17-4.

In a game that was suspended in the eighth inning from March 4, the Rangers took the win after Katie Thomas was placed on second, due to the International Tie Breaker, and scored the winning run as Jacey Juden bunted in the hole at second base to advance Thomas to home.

After OC sacrificed its runner to third, Juden sat down the next two batters to get the 9-8 Ranger win in the ninth inning.

In the first game of the regularly scheduled doubleheader, Northwestern scored 11 unearned runs as the Eagles committed seven fielding woes.

The Rangers outhit OC 8-5 and had two big innings in which they scored five runs during the first and the fourth innings.

Stephanie Hines was the only player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3. Ashley Lovelady, Juden, Beeler and Thomas all had doubles. Katie Glenn picked up three runs batted in.

Juden allowed three earned runs in the complete-game win.

Game two was similar for Oklahoma Christian, as five errors led to 10 unearned runs.

Northwestern exploded in the first inning for 12 runs, on seven hits and two errors as the Rangers sent 15 batters to the plate.

The Rangers added a solo run in the second inning as Juden tripled in Dakota Palmer and tacked on four more runs in the fourth to seal the five-inning run rule.

Lovelady, Beeler, Juden and Glenn combined for eight of the 11 Ranger hits, with all having two hits. Juden and Thomas drove in three runs each, while Christina Mueller drove in two.

Juden advanced to 12-11 on the season and struck out a batter in the five-inning affair. She didn’t walk a batter and was credited with three earned runs.

Northwestern (18-19, 11-15) heads to Claremore for the Border War festival on Saturday, April 10 at host school Rogers State University. The Rangers will play Evangel (Mo.) at 9 a.m. followed by Culver-Stockton (Mo.) at 11 a.m. Northwestern will conclude play on Saturday with a 6 p.m. vs. Kansas Wesleyan.