OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team fell shy of a chance to play for a Sooner Athletic Conference Championship, falling 19-6 to Oklahoma City University in a semifinal game on Wednesday at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Northwestern threatened in the first inning as Tom Huddleston got the game started with a double down the left field line. He was later erased on a double play.
Oklahoma City used three doubles to score four runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Tom O’Gorman homered to deep center field to lead off the second inning for the Rangers first run, and O’Gorman’s 18th home run of the season to narrow the margin to three runs. Northwestern’s third inning leadoff batters, Tom Huddleston and Wade Schwerdtfeger, reached on a hit by pitch and a single and scored to pull NWOSU within a run, down 4-3.
OCU exploded for six runs in the third inning and nine more in the fourth inning, closing out the scoring for the Stars.
Northwestern’s three other runs came on the long ball. Valdez’ hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and Quinton Haynes went deep in the sixth two score a pair of runs.
The Rangers recorded 10 hits and gave up 21 hits to OCU. The Stars accounted for 11 extra base hits.
Haynes, Valdez and O’Gorman all had two hits on the afternoon. Chase Phelps (0-2) took the loss, pitching two innings and giving up four earned runs while fanning a batter.
Head Coach Ryan Bay, in his second season, led Northwestern to a 35-22 overall record and to a conference semifinal appearance.
Wed, May 12, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt