NORTHWESTERN AND ST. GREGORY’S SPLIT

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NORTHWESTERN AND ST. GREGORY’S SPLIT

NORTHWESTERN AND ST. GREGORY’S SPLITSHAWNEE, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team split with St. Gregory’s in Shawnee on Saturday, giving the Rangers the series win. St. Gregory’s scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind and down the Ranger 4-3 in the opener, followed by an 8-1 Ranger win in game two.

The Rangers scored two runs in the first inning and held St. Gregory’s quiet, until the Cavaliers pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game.

Wade Schwerdtfeger’s single left field, driving in Jacob Walsh, put the Rangers up 3-2 midway through the seventh inning. The Cavaliers rallied for two runs to come from behind on a bases loaded walk-off two-RBI double.

Mike Pratali was pinned with the loss as he pitched a third of an inning in relief of Josh Swain, who also threw a third of an inning. Garry Thomas pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out five.

The Rangers were out hit 7 to 5 as Wade Schwerdtfeger paced NWOSU with a two-for-four performance. Tom O’Gorman, Juan Natal and Zach Theademan all had hits in the game.

Northwestern pounced on the Cavaliers early in game two, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after two innings.

The Rangers scored four runs in the first inning, including O’Gorman’s three-run blast to left field. Vincent Valdez drove in two of the Rangers’ three runs in the second inning on a two-run home run to left.

Both teams scored a single run in the fifth inning, with NWOSU’s run coming on O’Gorman’s second home run of the game, his team tying 14th of the season.

Calvin Wright (4-1) got the win on the hill, pitching six innings. He fanned six and scattered three hits, while allowing only one earned run. Kevin Hajny pitched an inning of relief and struck out one of four batters.

Tom Huddleston was 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored, while O’Gorman and Quinton Hanynes both picking up two hits.

Northwestern (29-19, 14-13) travels to Manhattan, Kan. on Monday to take on Manhattan Christian College in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.