Rangers fall to No. 1 Stars

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Rangers fall to No. 1 Stars

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ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team jumped out to an early lead on No. 1 Oklahoma City but couldn't hold it as the Rangers fell 10-5 at Myers Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team jumped out to an early lead on No. 1 Oklahoma City but couldn't hold it as the Rangers fell 10-5 at Myers Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Jarad Moore's double plated Juan Natal, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the first. George Flores' sacrifice fly scored Wes Brorsen, who was also hit by a pitch, to make the score 2-0.

Natal's RBI single gave starting pitcher Clay Thomas a three-run lead, but the Rangers defense let the starting pitcher down. The Stars plated four runs after a Northwestern error with two outs. The big blow was a two-run home run by Miguel Beltran.

The Rangers (12-10, 2-2 Sooner Athletic Conference) got a run back in the third on a two-out double by Camilo Baldelomar.

Oklahoma City led 5-4 in the sixth when the Rangers mounted a rally. Jeff Martin singled to start the inning. Zach Apotheker followed that with a double to right. Jose Maysonet singled to plate the tying run and advance Apotheker to third. The Rangers were unable to manage any more runs in the inning as Stars' starting pitcher Blake Schwartz retired Natal, Brorsen and Moore consecutively to escape giving up only one run.

The Stars scored five unanswered runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Thomas gave up just two earned runs over seven innings of work while fanning four.

Maysonet added two hits for Northwestern.

The Rangers will travel to Oklahoma City for a Saturday doubleheader with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.

*Photo by Lynn Martin Photography