ALVA, Okla - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team looked poised to complete a three game sweep of No. 4 Lubbock Christian, but the Chaparrals staged a huge comeback after being down nine runs and defeated the Rangers 18-13 at Myers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Things looked outstanding in the early going for Northwestern (16-15, 6-7 Sooner Athletic Conference) which scored four times in the first and five times in the second inning.
Designated hitter Jonathan Freemyer doubled to plate Juan Natal and Wes Brorsen, both of whom got on base to start the game. Jose Maysonet's groundout scored Jarad Moore, who reached on a walk earlier in the inning. George Flores singled with two outs to plate Freemyer giving the Rangers a 4-0 lead.
After Natal walked to start the second inning, Brorsen crushed a ball over the wall in left giving Northwestern a 6-0 lead. Trevor Long got in on the action with a run scoring single. Maysonet doubled to center and Long scored on an LCU error. George Mendoza drove in the ninth run of the game for the Rangers with a single to right field.
Unfortunately for Northwestern, things were all downhill from there. Starting pitcher Jason Martyn, who cruised through the first two innings, gave up a pair of runs in the third and six runs in the fourth inning which chased him from the game.
With the score 9-8 in the fourth inning, Flores hit one in to the jet stream which left the yard to extend the Ranger lead to 10-8.
Northwestern kept this lead until the sixth inning when the Chaparrals used three doubles to score a pair of runs which tied the game at 10.
The game slipped away from the Rangers in the eighth when LCU scored eight times with the benefit of six Ranger walks. Northwestern tried to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning when Camilo Baldelomar put a charge in to one for his seventh home run of the season but couldn't get any closer.
Brorsen had three hits for the Rangers while Flores and Mendoza each added two.
The Rangers will play Dallas Christian at Myers Stadium on Wednesday at noon.
Sat, March 17, 2012
by Allan Scarabello