Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University pitching staff had its best series of the year firing three consecutive shutouts against Oklahoma Christian. Northwestern completed the three game sweep with 13-0 and 2-0 wins on Saturday.
Game One - Box Score
Clay Thomas was a horse for the Rangers (19-15, 9-7 Sooner Athletic Conference) in the opener throwing a complete game shutout while fanning five hitters and scattering six hits leading to a 13-0 win.
Northwestern's offense made life a little easier on Thomas jumping out to a 2-0 lead after one inning. Patrick Johnson led off the game with a single and came around to score on a Jarad Moore single. Juan Natal walked with the bases loaded to plate the second run for the Rangers.
Johnson's three-run bomb in the top of the fourth extended the Ranger lead to 5-0 and was the beginning of a slew of offense. Northwestern added two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and four in the seventh.
Jose Maysonet's double scored Natal, who tripled to begin the fifth inning. Maysonet scored on an error by the Eagle defense.
Trevor Long's solo home run made the game 8-0 and George Mendoza drove home the ninth Ranger run of the game with a single.
Jason Miller hit a grand slam in the seventh inning. It was his first career collegiate home run.
Thomas did the rest for the Rangers as he picked up his fourth win on the season.
George Flores, Long, Moore and Johnson each had two hits for the Rangers.
Game Two - Box Score
Zac Floyd's complete game shutout allowed the Ranger pitching staff to extend its scoreless innings streak to 21 innings on the weekend. The senior hurler gave up one hit while fanning seven as the Rangers cruised to a 2-0 win.
Floyd didn't have the benefit of the offense that Thomas did but Floyd made the two runs hold. NWOSU scored once in the second and added an insurance run in the seventh inning.
Flores and Wes Brorsen drove in the runs for head coach Ryan Bay's squad. Brorsen, Natal and Flores each had two hits on the day.
Three consecutive shutouts are the most in the Bay era.
The Rangers will play a doubleheader at home against Dallas Christian with 1 p.m. set as the start time.
Sat, March 24, 2012
by Allan Scarabello