Defense falters as Rangers lose a pair to East Central

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Defense falters as Rangers lose a pair to East Central

ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team was swept in a doubleheader falling 6-5 and 5-3 against East Central on Tuesday.

Game One - Box Score

Unfortunately for the Rangers (6-6, 0-0 Sooner Athletic Conference), they fell behind five runs early in game one and played poor defense committing three errors in the game. The three errors accounted for four unearned runs and led to a 6-5 loss.

Patrick Johnson Jr. cut the lead to 5-1 with a two-out triple plating Trevor long. Wes Brorsen's single scored Johnson making the score 5-2 at the end of three.

The Rangers continued to chip away in the fourth. Flores doubled to start the inning and scored on Camilo Baldelomar's RBI single.

East Central took advantage of more NWOSU defensive miscues in the top of the fifth to build a 6-3 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Johnson Jr. doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a bobble by the right fielder. Brorsen plated him with an RBI groundout to short, but the Rangers couldn't add anymore and trailed 6-4 after five innings.

Johnson Jr. continued his solid game one driving in Doug Seurer with an infield single to get the Rangers within one heading to the seventh.

However, the Rangers couldn't manage any runs and fell 6-5.

Eddie Cumpston took the loss despite giving up just two earned runs in one-plus innings of work. Jeff Davis was excellent in relief of Cumpston giving up zero earned runs during his four inning relief stint.

Game Two - Box Score

East Central scored five runs over the first four innings to take command of the game early and held on for a 5-3 victory.

Perhaps a telling moment in the game came in the fourth inning. NWOSU missed an opportunity when it had runners on second and third with no one out after Jarad Moore led off the inning with a single and Flores hit a double.

East Central Hurler Danny Williams got the next three batters out and kept the Rangers off the board.

The Rangers were able to mount a small rally in the sixth inning when George Flores, who had three of the team's six hits in the game, cracked a two-run homer to right field to cut the Tigers lead to three.

Head coach Ryan Bay's team was able to put the tying run on first in the seventh inning when Brorsen reached on an error that plated Jose Maysonet, who doubled earlier in the frame. However, Heath Stuckey was able to end the rally by fanning Jarad Moore.

The Rangers will play a four-game series at home against Benedictine (Kan.) with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. while Sunday's will begin at noon.

Be sure to follow in-game updates on Twitter (NWOSUAthletics) and on Facebook (Northwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics).

 *Photo taken by Lynn Martin Photography*