Northwestern defeats Southern Nazarene 3-2 in final Sooner Athletic Conference contest

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Northwestern defeats Southern Nazarene 3-2 in final Sooner Athletic Conference contest

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team helped the school leave the Sooner Athletic Conference on a high note defeating Southern Nazarene 3-2.

Northwestern will join the Great American Conference in the 2012-13 school year and finished this season 34-24.

The turnaround of the Ranger pitching staff was the story of today's game. Starting pitcher Clay Thomas picked up the win throwing five strong innings giving up just two earned runs.

The Rangers scored two in the third with the help of the long ball. Camilo Baldelomar walked and Jonathan Freemyer crushed his fourth home run of the season to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth. The home run turned out to be a game winner.

A crew of seniors finished out the game on the mound for Northwestern. Zac Floyd threw a scoreless sixth and Jordan Flittie threw a perfect seventh inning.

Northwestern's all-time saves leader Derek Epps finished his career in typical fashion picking up a two-inning save, his seventh of the season and 19th of his career. The senior retired six consecutive batters fanning three of them.

Northwestern got on the board in the third inning. With one out Jose Maysonet walked. Patrick Johnson singled through the left side and George Mendoza walked to load the bases. Jarad Moore's sacrifice fly gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

A home run by SNU's Luis Hernandez knotted the game at one in the bottom of the second inning and added another run in the bottom of the fourth.

Lubbock Christian will square off against No. 2 Oklahoma City to decide the Oklahoma City pool. The winner will take on the winner of the Oklahoma Baptist pool at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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