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RANGERS POUND MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN; SCORE 36 RUNSMANHATTAN, Kan. – Northwestern’s baseball team advanced to 31-19 on the season with two poundings of Manhattan Christian on Monday. The Rangers won the opener 18-1 and swiped game two, 18-4. In addition to 36 runs on the afternoon, Northwestern also featured 36 hits.

After jumping to a 7-0 lead through four innings, the Rangers put Manhattan Christian away in the fifth inning by tacking on 11 runs on 10 hits.

Northwestern picked up 19 hits in the opener, with only two for extra base hits, as Doug Seurer doubled and Vincent Valdez hit a home run. Juan Natal was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Valdez and Travis Shuck had three hits in the game, while Theademan and Valdez both scored four runs each.

Chase Kokajan (1-0) pitched four innings in route to his first win of the season. He struck out three batters and allowed just one hit. James McMurphy worked the final inning, striking out one batter in six batters faced.

The Rangers added 17 more hits in game two, while scoring in every inning but the first. Northwestern used a five run sixth and seventh innings on the way to the 18-4 win.

Eight players had hits in the game as Quinton Haynes paced NWOSU with a 4-for-5 performance. Five Rangers went deep as Tom Huddleston, Wade Schwerdtfeger, Richard Burdick, Seurer and Valdez all had home runs.

On the mound, Kevin Hajny improved to 1-0, pitching five innings, allowing six hits and fanning four batters. Dillon Baldwin struck out three batters and gave up two hits, pitching the final two innings.

The Rangers (31-19, 14-13) will begin their last conference series of the regular season with the University of Science and Arts on Thursday, May 6 at Myers Stadium in Alva. The nine inning game is set for 3 p.m.