ALVA, Okla. - Sometimes a win can be the turning point in a season. Head baseball coach Ryan Bay hopes Saturday's sweep of No. 4 Lubbock Christian can propel the Rangers to bigger and better things this season. The Rangers came back to take game one 8-6 and took the night cap 4-2.
Game One - Box Score
After falling behind 5-0 early, the Rangers showed great poise to stay in the game. Jose Maysonet, George Flores and George Mendoza singled to start a four-run third. Patrick Johnson barely missed a grand slam hitting a ball off the top of the wall clearing the bases. Johnson later scored on a groundout by Wes Brorsen. That quickly the Rangers cut the Chaparrals lead to 5-4.
Starting pitcher Zac Floyd calmed down some after a rocky start. After giving up the five runs early, he gave up just one more run over his final three innings of work. The senior picked up his second win of the season going five innings.
Floyd's offense made a winner out of him in the bottom of the fifth inning. Johnson's bunt single got the frame started. Brorsen's single and an error put runners on second and third with no one out. Jarad Moore continued his torrid start to the season with a two-run single that tied the game at 6. George Flores delivered a two-out, two run single which turned out to be the game winner.
Jordan Flittie and Derek Epps each pitched scoreless innings to preserve the game for Floyd. Epps picked up the save.
Johnson, Brorsen and Flores each added two hits for the Rangers (16-14, 6-6 Sooner Athletic Conference).
Game Two - Box Score
The Rangers jumped out on Lubbock Christian early and got a stellar performance on the mound from Clay Thomas en route to a sweep of the Chaparrals.
In the first inning, Trevor Long, who finished the game with three RBIs, plated Moore and Jonathan Freemyer with a two-out triple.
Thomas cruised until the third inning. The leadoff man singled and after a fielder's choice Richard Bohlken doubled down the left field line. The ball got away from left fielder Jose Maysonet and both guys scored to knot the game at two.
However, that was all that Thomas would allow as he threw a complete game giving up just one earned run. Camilo Baldelomar's homer in the fifth broke the tie. Later in the inning, Moore, who went 3-for-3 in the game, doubled and Freemyer's bloop single sent Moore to third. Long's sacrifice fly gave Northwestern a two-run lead that Thomas made hold.
The Rangers will go for the sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Myers Stadium.
Fri, March 16, 2012
by Allan Scarabello