Moore's walk off single salvages split for Rangers

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Moore's walk off single salvages split for Rangers

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team salvaged a split against East Central with a 9-8 walkoff win on a single by Jarad Moore after falling 5-2 in game one.

Game One - Box Score

Eddie Cumpston pitched well for NWOSU (12-9, 2-1 Sooner Athletic Conference) but took the tough luck loss. Cumpston threw a complete game giving up just five runs on a windy day at Myers Stadium.

Cumpston gave up a two-run homer in the first, but the southpaw settled down giving up just one more earned run until the long ball got him again. Tigers designated hitter Rick Hepworth hit a two-run homer to give East Central a 5-2 lead in the seventh.

Northwestern couldn’t muster up a lot of offense besides the home runs in the first by Jarad Moore and in the fifth by Jose Maysonet.

Game Two – Box Score

Moore’s game-winning single to center allowed Northwestern to salvage a split on the day despite the Rangers losing an 8-5 lead with two outs in the seventh inning.

Pinch hitter Zach Apotheker was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh. Maysonet laid down a terrific bunt to give the Rangers runners at first and second. Juan Natal followed and hit a ground ball to the second baseman but Maysonet interfered with him and was called out. That left Natal at first and pinch runner Jason Miller at second. A wild pitch put runners on second and third for Wes Brorsen who was intentionally walked. Moore delivered the big hit to send the Rangers home winners.

In the previous half inning, it looked like the game would not have a bottom of the seventh. Closer Derek Epps struck out the first hitter of the inning. After a walk, the Rangers got the second out on a fielder’s choice. An error allowed the game to continue and Mosquera made the Rangers pay blasting a three-run homer over the fence in center field. Moore’s single made a winner out of Epps (2-0).

The Rangers took a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning on a grand slam by Trevor Long, who has three home runs in his last two games. He finished the game with five RBIs.

Moore’s sixth inning single plated Miller and Long’s ground out gave the Rangers their eighth run of the game. Freshman Jeff Martin homered for one of his two hits in the game. Moore also finished with two.

The Rangers will play one, nine-inning game against No. 1 Oklahoma City at Myers Stadium on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.