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RANGERS THUMP USAO 14-7 WITH EIGHT LONG BALLSALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team used eight home runs to route the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 14-7 in the Rangers final home game of the season on Thursday, May 6 to advance to 32-19 on the season and ensure a spot in the 2010 Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City on Monday.

Northwestern scored its first six runs on the long ball, as the Rangers eight and nine holes went back-to-back with Quinton Haynes and Richard Burdick. Tom O’Gorman added a three-run blast to give NWOSU a 5-0 lead after five innings.

The Rangers tacked on six more runs in the fourth inning to hold an 11-0 lead. The Ranger fourth featured a solo home run from Tom Huddleston, a Jacob Walsh two RBI home run and a Zach Theademan’s two-run double.

With Northwestern holding a 12-2 lead, after USAO scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, the Drovers held on to prevent a seven inning run-rule with three runs in the seventh.

Northwestern countered for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Wade Schwerdtfeger and Juan Natal hit solo home runs.

USAO pushed across single runs in the eighth and ninth, before NWOSU came away with the 14-7 win.

Danny Santiago (7-5) didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, spreading six hits on the day and two runs. He sat down seven Drovers in six innings of work. Jeremy Lawson pitched 1.2 innings of relief before Jarad Moore closed the final 1.1 innings.

The Rangers outhit USAO 18-11, including 10 extra base hits. O’Gorman took the season home run lead, hitting two bombs, to up his total to 16 on the season. Vincent Valdez received his record breaking 23rd double of the season, while going 2-for-4. Natal and Theademan both finished with three hits in the game, all doubles.

Northwestern (32-19, 15-13) will finish the USAO series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Chickasha on Saturday, May 8 before entering the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament at Oklahoma City on Monday.