ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University softball team split a doubleheader against Southern Nazarene on Tuesday, dropping the first game 7-0 and taking game two 4-3.
Game One - Box Score
The Lady Rangers (16-11, 3-7 Sooner Athletic Conference) couldn't break through against SNU starting pitcher Kaci Crawford who threw a complete game shutout while scattering seven hits.
Northwestern hurler Kellie Mason kept the game scoreless for the first four innings before the Crimson Storm broke through with a run in the fifth and three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Mason threw another solid game for the Lady Rangers giving up just one earned run over 5.2 innings of work.
The Lady Rangers managed to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth but could not break through as Cheyanne Terry grounded out to third to end the threat.
Alyssa Taylor finished with two hits for the Lady Rangers.
Game Two - Box Score
Northwestern bounced back to take game two 4-3 behind a solid pitching performance by Jasmine Braxton. After the Crimson Storm scored an unearned run in the top of the first, Braxton settled down keeping SNU scoreless in the second through fifth innings before running out of gas in the sixth inning. She gave up just two earned runs over 5.2 innings.
After the unearned run in the first, Northwestern tied the game on a run-scoring single by freshman Jayci Wehrenberg.
Megan Snyder hit a rocket that got past the first baseman driving home Katie Parsons to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Rangers scored two more times in the fifth. Braxton walked to lead off the inning and Terry singled to right to move Braxton third. On the play, Terry intentionally got herself caught in a run down and the first baseman threw the ball over the shortstops head and in to left field allowing both Braxton and Terry to score.
Braxton held the lead in the circle before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Mason was called on to get the four-out save. Mason got Jill Clemence to ground out to Megan Bourdon at second base to end the sixth and finished the game off in the seventh picking up her second save of the season.
Terry picked up two hits for the Lady Rangers.
The Lady Rangers will return to action with a 4 p.m. Friday doubleheader at Oklahoma Baptist.
Tue, March 27, 2012
by Allan Scarabello