ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team lost a pair of games to Rogers State falling 4-0 in game one and 5-2 in 11 innings in game two at Myers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Game One - Box Score
The Rangers left men on base early and couldn't recover dropping a 4-0 decision to Rogers State in the doubleheader opener.
Head coach Ryan Bay's squad left runners on base in five of the seven innings.
Northwestern's best offensive inning was the second when Trevor Long singled with one out and Juan Natal drove a ball to the wall in right leaving runners at second and third. Jose Maysonet was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but starting pitcher Brandon Bargas fanned George Flores and got George Mendoza to fly out to center to end the threat.
The Rangers managed just three hits in game one against Rogers State starter Brandon Bargas. Long, Natal and Mendoza had the three Ranger hits.
Starting pitcher Clay Thomas took the loss and struggled for Northwestern giving up four runs in two innings of work. Jeff Davis threw five innings of scoreless relief.
Game Two - Box Score
In game two of the doubleheader, Northwestern starting pitcher Zac Floyd and Rogers State starting pitcher Kyle Duncan locked up in a pitcher's duel that went the Hillcats' way as they took game two 5-1 in 11 innings.
Rogers State broke through against Ranger reliever Jordan Flittie scoring four times in the 11th inning with the help of an RBI-single by Randy Ramirez and a three-run homer by Cade McKewon.
The inning spoiled a sparkling performance by Floyd, who gave up just one run over six innings of work. Derek Epps threw a scoreless seventh and eighth before giving way to Flittie, who threw two scoreless innings before giving up the runs in the 11th.
Northwestern scored in the bottom of the 11th when Mendoza hit a gap shot for a double that scored Natal, but couldn't get any closer.
The Hillcats broke through on Floyd in the fourth inning with an RBI-groundout off the bat of Lance Rymel.
Northwestern answered back in the fifth with the help of a pair of Hillcat errors to knot the game at one. Mendoza singled with one out and Camilo Baldelomar pinch ran. Duncan made a wild pickoff throw to first which rolled down the right field line allowing Baldelomar to reach third.
Jose Maysonet hit a chopper to third when Baldelomar faked like he was going home which caused the third baseman to freeze and everyone was safe. Patrick Johnson's bunt single plated Baldelomar to tie the game at one. Wes Brorsen bunted for a hit but was thrown out as Johnson and Maysonet reached second and third. Rangers' leading hitter Jarad Moore was walked to load the bases but Duncan reached back for a little extra to fan Jonathan Freemyer which ended the threat.
Northwestern hits the road for three consecutive games next week. The first of those games will be at USAO at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sat, March 31, 2012
by Allan Scarabello