OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State belted out 28 hits, including 10 for extra bases, putting Southern Nazarene out of the Sooner Athletic Conference by a 19-12 margin. The win was the Rangers second of the day, and was the second consecutive team the Rangers put out of the tournament, knocking off Rogers State earlier in the day.
With the score tied 3-3 through three innings, Northwestern added three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 6-3 advantage. That lead would hold the remainder of the game as Northwestern two more runs in the fifth inning, a solo run in the sixth inning and combined for 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Every Ranger starter in the lineup had at least one hit, as eight starters had multi-hit games. Tom Huddleston and Tom O’Gorman both tied the single-game record for most hits in a game with five. Huddleston had two doubles, while O’Gorman had one. Valdez hit a pair of long balls, upping his season total to 16 home runs. Juan Natal and Zach Theademan both had triples for the Rangers.
Gary Thomas (8-2) picked up the victory on the hill for Northwestern, pitching 6.1 innings. Thomas fanned six batters and gave up six hits in 32 batters faced. Kevin Hajny threw the final 2.2 innings for NWOSU, recording three strikeouts.
Northwestern (35-21) will play the winner of the Oklahoma City/Lubbock Christian game at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. Listen to the action live as Todd Miller will be broadcasting over the internet at www.nwosu.edu/broadcast or on 1430 AM KALV. Live video and statistics will be provided on Oklahoma City University’s athletic website at www.okcu.edu.
Wed, May 12, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt