ALVA, Okla. - Starting pitcher Jason Martyn is from California, but he's starting to make his mark in Alva. The junior transfer from Rio Hondo Community College threw 7 1/3 strong innings against Rogers State in a 4-2 win in the opening game of a three-game set between the two teams at Myers Stadium on Friday evening.
Martyn didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning but was able to use the double play ball to weave his way out of trouble on three seperate occasions.
The Ranger offense finally got on the board in the fourth inning against the previously undefeated Shawn Spainhoward (6-1) as a two-out single by George Flores plated Trevor Long.
After Martyn escaped a first-and-third, one out jam in the fifth inning by inducing a double play, the Rangers used a little two-out magic to add to their lead in the bottom half. Jarad Moore hit a ringing double down the left field line and Jonathan Freemyer crushed a two-run homer to center field to give Northwestern a 3-0 lead.
Martyn continued to make all the big pitches for head coach Ryan Bay's squad. He struck out Randy Ramirez and got Cade Mckewon to ground out to get out of a jam in the seventh inning.
He was unable to escape the eighth inning as he left with runners on second and third with one out. Reliever Jordan Flittie intentionally walked Lance Rymel to load the bases and made the biggest pitch of the ball game to Cody Campbell, who grounded into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play.
Derek Epps picked up his third save of the season with an easy 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth. The save sealed Martyn's sixth win of the season against two losses. Martyn gave up two earned runs on the day while fanning five.
Natal and Moore each had two hits for the Rangers.
Northwestern (22-16, 10-7 Sooner Athletic Conference) moved in to a tie with Rogers State for fifth in the SAC.
The Rangers will play the Hillcats two more times tomorrow with the first game scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Fri, March 30, 2012
by Allan Scarabello