ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team was unable to sweep Benedictine falling in game three 5-3 but bounced back to take the series finale 11-1 on Sunday afternoon at Myers Stadium.
Game One - Box Score
Eddie Cumpston pitched well enough to win giving up zero earned runs and just two hits over 4.2 innings of work while fanning six.
Things were looking up in the bottom of the fourth when Wes Brorsen led the inning off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Jarad Moore, George Flores drove in Brorsen with a solid single. Juan Natal drove in Flores with a single after Jeff Martin walked. The third run of the inning came when Zach Apotheker reached on an error by the second baseman. The error gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead.
The Ravens got an unearned run in the fifth on a passed ball. Chase Randall relieved Cumpston and got out of the bases loaded two out jam with the only run scoring on a passed ball.
Benedictine got to Randall in the top of the sixth when Alan Burns homered with one out. Ben Loughman doubled with two outs to tie the game at 3. After an intentional walk to Ryan Lengyel loaded the bases, Northwestern head coach Ryan Bay went to Jordan Flittie who got Josh Piper to ground out to second base to end the threat.
Benedictine's Aaron Molinaro hit a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the seventh.
Game Two - Box Score
Chase Kokojan had a small hiccup in the first inning but dominated the rest of the way retiring the final 14 hitters of his six-inning outing. He fanned seven over the final five innings.
Fortunately for Kokojan, the offense came to life helping him to his first win this season.
Patrick Johnson Jr., Jarad Moore and Jose Maysonet each had three hits for the Rangers (9-7). Moore doubled with two outs in the fourth to extend the Ranger lead to 6-1.
For good measure, the Rangers tacked on four more in the fifth highlighted by an RBI double by Maysonet. Maysonet drove in another run in the sixth with an RBI single.
Jason Barlett finished the game for Kokojan in the seventh. Between the two pitchers, the Rangers retired 17 straight Ravens to end the weekend.
Camilo Baldelomar and Natal each had two hits in game two.
The Rangers will begin Sooner Athletic Conference play at Southern Nazarene on Thursday.
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Sun, February 19, 2012
by Allan Scarabello