Rangers split doubleheader with Wayland Baptist

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Rangers split doubleheader with Wayland Baptist

PLAINVIEW, Texas - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team overcame a three-run ninth inning deficit and used a Patrick Johnson RBI single in the top of the eighth to win 7-6 over Wayland Baptist in game one. The Rangers fell 10-5 in the second game of the twin bill.

Game One - Box Score

After being victim to several tough losses, Northwestern (13-14, 3-6 Sooner Athletic Conference)was able to hand out a tough loss of their own. Patrick Johnson Jr.'s two-out single in the eighth inning plated the winning run as the Rangers took game one 7-6.

Jarad Moore's three-run homer in the top of the seventh knotted the game at six. Johnson Jr. was hit by a pitch and Wes Brorsen singled ahead of Moore. The homer spoiled a solid performance by Wayland Baptist starting pitcher Ryan Downs, who gave up three runs over 5.1 innings.

It also got Ranger starting pitcher Jason Martyn off the hook as the junior gave up six runs over five plus innings.

The Rangers got a run in the fifth on a RBI groundout by Johnson Jr.

After giving up two runs in the bottom half of the fifth, Jonathan Freemyer helped the Rangers get those two runs back. Jarad Moore doubled to start the inning and Juan Natal walked. After Trevor long reached on a fielder's choice, Freemyer doubled to right-center to plate Long and Miller, who pinch ran for Natal. WBU went to the pen to replace Downs and new pitcher, Jace Chancellor, struck out George Flores for the second out of the inning. After Jeff Martin reached on error and got to second on a passed ball, Jose Maysonet fanned to end the threat.

Zac Floyd picks up the win in relief of Martyn. Derek Epps picked up his first save of the season.

Moore and Freemyer each had two hits for the Rangers.

Game Two - Box Score

Northwestern got a run in the first after Brorsen singled and stole second. He scored on a single by Natal. However, WBU scored three times in the bottom half of the first and never lost the lead defeating the Rangers 10-5.

Moore cut the WBU lead to 4-2 with a run-scoring single in the third.

In the fourth inning, the Rangers cut the lead to 4-3 when Jose Maysonet plated Freemyer, who walked to begin the inning. Wayland Baptist scored four times in the bottom half and another in the fifth to take a 9-3 lead.

The Rangers mounted a huge threat in the top of the sixth. Maysonet singled, Johnson Walked and Brorsen was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. Moore followed with a sacrifice fly and Natal's fielder's choice made it a 9-5 game. Long lined out to end the Ranger threat.

The Rangers will finish the three-game set tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a nine-inning game.

Live stats for tomorrow's game can be found here.