STERLING, Kan. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University gave a fine effort while attempting to extend their winning streak to six games but ultimately fell 4-3 in 14 innings to Sterling on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ranger (21-16) defense led to the team's demise in the 14th. With two outs, pitcher Chase Randall's error allowed the winning run on base and a single drove home the game winning run.
The unearned run was an unjust way to end the game for the Ranger bullpen which threw nine consecutive scoreless innings before the 14th. Senior Derek Epps had by far his longest outing of the season throwing six scoreless innings while striking out 10 batters. Epps gave up just one hit and was the only Ranger out of the bullpen to give up any hits.
Jason Martyn, Clay Thomas and Jordan Flittie all gave up no hits in one-inning relief stints for head coach Ryan Bay's squad.
Chase Kokojan started on the hill for the Rangers and gave up three runs over four innings of work.
Northwestern scored a run in the third on a home run by George Mendoza.
The Rangers tied the game with two runs in the sixth. Jarad Moore doubled and Jonathan Freemyer singled to start the inning. Trevor Long doubled home Moore to make the game 3-2. George Flores' single tied the game at three.
Northwestern threatened in the ninth inning. Juan Natal singled and Flores was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Jose Maysonet's sacrifice bunt sent the runners to second and third, but Mendoza lined out to short and Patrick Johnson lined out to short to end the threat.
Freemyer had three hits while Moore and Natal each had two.
The Rangers will play next on Friday at 6 p.m. against Rogers State. Friday's game is the first of a three game set at Myers Stadium.
Tue, March 27, 2012
by Allan Scarabello