Rangers pound Crusaders; extend winning streak to five games

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Rangers pound Crusaders; extend winning streak to five games

ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team extended its winning streak to five games by downing Dallas Christian 5-1 and 14-2 at Myers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Game One - Box Score

Trevor Long's three-run homer in the bottom of the first was the big blow in a 5-1 win in game one.

The Rangers (21-15, 9-7 Sooner Athletic Conference) got two more in the second inning. Patrick Johnson laid down an excellent squeeze bunt which resulted in an RBI and a base hit. Jarad Moore's single drove home George Mendoza, who singled earlier in the frame.

Northwestern didn't get any more offense in the game, but starting pitcher Chase Randall made the lead hold.

Randall changed speeds effectively for Northwestern on the mound giving up just one run over six innings. The freshman scattered four hits, walked two and struck out five Crusaders en route to the win.

Derek Epps struck out the side in the seventh to finish the game for the Rangers.

Johnson finished the game with two hits.

Game Two - Box Score

The offense blossomed for head coach Ryan Bay's squad in the second game as both Jonathan Freemyer and Camilo Baldelomar each homered twice.

While the Rangers stuck the ball, the Crusader defense allowed the Rangers to get on the board in the first inning. Singles by Brorsen and Freemyer combined with a walk to Jarad Moore loaded the bases for Long who hit a ball right back to the pitcher. The pitcher threw the ball away allowing the first two runs of the game to score.

Moore singled to center with the bases loaded and the centerfielder misplayed the ball allowing three runs to score on the play. Freemyer's sacrifice fly plated the fourth run of the inning giving Northwestern a 6-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Jeff Davis was cruising right along in the early going and gave up zero earned runs of the day. The two unearned runs on Davis' watch came in the third inning after an error with two outs. Two batters later a triple plated two Crusader runners to cut the lead to 6-2.

Davis picked up the win going four innings while striking out two Dallas Christian hitters.

The Rangers got the runs back in the fourth as Freemyer connected on the first of his two home runs on the day, a two-run shot to center.

Baldelomar's solo shot in the fifth made the game 9-2.

Northwestern put the game out of reach in the sixth inning scoring five times. Freemyer hit a solo shot to make the game 10-2. With two outs, Baldelomar hit a grand slam to put Northwestern up 14-2.

The top five hitters in the Ranger order combined for 12 hits as Freemyer and Long each had three while Brorsen, Johnson and Moore each had two. Baldelomar, who batted ninth, went 3-for-3 with five RBIs.

Chase Kokojan, Jordan Flittie and Epps each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Rangers.

The Rangers will return to the field on Tuesday at Sterling (Kan.) with the game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.