Rangers swept by No. 7 Bison

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Rangers swept by No. 7 Bison

ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader against No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist falling 6-1 and 4-3 at Myers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Game One - Box Score

The Rangers (32-20, 16-11 Sooner Athletic Conference) couldn't figure out Bison starting pitcher Chris Witschi, who held Northwestern to just one run on four hits.

Oklahoma Baptist got on the board in the top of the first inning off of Ranger starting pitcher Clay Thomas (6-6), but Thomas settled down and held a tough lineup at bay until the fifth inning.

In the meantime the Rangers, knotted the game in the third inning after Patrick Johnson grounded out to second base to plate Flores, who started the inning with a single.

Oklahoma Baptist took the lead for good in the fifth. With one out, the Bison had three consecutive singles before x Colon grounded out to first to make the game 2-1.

The Bison put the game away with a four-run sixth inning with the big hit being a single off the bat of x Nelson. His two-run single put the Bison up 6-1.

Johnson, Juan Natal, Flores and George Mendoza had the Ranger hits in game one.

Game Two - Box Score

Northwestern lost the rubber game of the series 4-3 despite outhitting the Bison 10-6.

Jason Martyn (8-3) started on the hill for the Rangers giving up four runs over five innings of work. The Ranger offense nearly took Martyn off the hook staging a fifth inning rally off of Bison starting pitcher Jesus Carlos.

Flores doubled to lead off the inning and reached third on a wild pitch. Mendoza singled to make the game 4-1. With two outs, Camilo Baldelomar singled to put runners on first and second. Jonathan Freemyer followed that with a two-run double to make the game 4-3.

The Rangers tried to mount a seventh inning rally on Carlos. Natal doubled to the wall in left but was thrown out at third for the second out of the inning. Carlos fanned Baldelomar to end the game.

Johnson, Freemyer and Flores each had two hits for the Rangers.

The losses end a 10-game winning streak for the Rangers. Northwestern sits fifth in the SAC with three conference games remaining against St. Gregory's.

The Rangers could finish as high as fourth or as low as eighth depending on the outcome of next week's games. The Rangers have clinched a spot in the SAC Tournament and will play at either No. 1 Oklahoma City or No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist.

The SAC Tournament will be May 1-4 with game times to be determined.