ALVA, Okla. - An RBI single by Wes Brorsen in the top of the ninth inning was enough to lift the Northwestern Oklahoma State men's baseball team to a 7-5 win in nine innings over Huston-Tillotson in the opening game of a doubleheader. The Rangers couldn't carry the momentum to a game two win falling 8-6 on Monday evening.
The Rangers (2-2) fell behind 3-0 early but the long ball got the offense going in the middle innings. Wes Brorsen hit a solo home run in the fourth while Jarad Moore blasted a grand slam in the fifth inning to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead.
Huston-Tillotson answered back with two more runs in the fifth and the game remained tied until the top of the ninth inning when Brorsen struck again with an RBI single and then scored the team's seventh run on an error by the shortstop.
NWOSU's relief pitching contributed heavily to the win throwing 4.1 scoreless innings. Chase Randall got out of a jam with runners on first and second in the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth before turning it over to Jordan Flittie who threw three perfect innings to pick up his first win of the season.
Moore, Brorsen and Zach Apotheker all recorded multiple hits in the game.
Game two wasn't as friendly to the Rangers who fell behind 6-0 after Huston-Tillotson batted around in the second inning.
The Rangers managed a rally in the third inning. Trevor Long, drove in the third run of the inning to get the Rangers within three but Apotheker was thrown out at the plate to end the rally.
Justin Miller's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning got NWOSU within two runs, but Huston Tillotson added two insurance runs in the bottom half of the fifth to extend the lead to 8-4.
NWOSU put the tying run on base in the seventh after Jose Maysonet doubled home Long and Patrick Johnson who both reached base with two outs. However, a fly out ended the Ranger comeback attempt.
Brorsen, Long and Johnson all recorded multiple hits in the game.
The baseball team will open its home schedule with a Saturday doubleheader at noon against McPherson College.
Statistics will be available later.
Tue, January 31, 2012
by Allan Scarabello