Rangers thundersticks lead way to two wins

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Rangers thundersticks lead way to two wins

ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team powered themselves to two wins over Southern Nazarene University hitting seven home runs while winning game one 12-7 and game two 9-8.

Game One - Box Score

The Rangers (11-8, 2-1 Sooner Athletic Conference controlled game one scoring five runs in the first inning. Wes Brorsen homered to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Camilo Baldelomar hit his first of three home runs on the day, a towering, three-run blast to give Northwestern a 5-0 lead.

Baldelomar crushed his second homer of the day, a moon shot to left field that gave the Rangers an 11-2 lead in the fourth. Jarad Moore hit a solo homer earlier in the inning to put the ninth run on the board for NWOSU.

Crimson Storm first baseman Nate Saquilon hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning off of starting pitcher Jason Martyn, but the junior settled down and worked his way to a win.

The right hander threw a complete game giving up five earned runs while fanning four batters. The win marks his fourth on the season, tops on the NWOSU staff.

Jarad Moore had four hits in game one while Juan Natal and Baldelomar each added three hits. Baldelomar had five RBIs for head coach Ryan Bay's squad.

Game Two - Box Score

Game two was as wild of a game as the Rangers have played in 2012 as Brorsen's RBI single down the right field line plated George Mendoza as Northwestern slipped past SNU 9-8.

Pinch hitter Zach Apotheker started the frame with a lead-off single and reached second on an error by the right fielder. The Crimson Storm opted to walk Jose Maysonet to get to Trevor Long, who had two home runs in the game already. Long popped up to first base and the base umpire called the infield fly rule, but Maysonet and Mendoza, who re-entered the game to run for Apotheker, advanced to second and third.

SNU intentionally walked Patrick Johnson Jr. to load the bases for Brorsen, who ended the game with his bloop single.

It didn't appear the Rangers would need to have any late inning heroics as they, once again, jumped out a huge lead early. Homers by Long and Baldelomar gave the Rangers a 6-1 lead after three innings, but the Crimson Storm used a seven-run fifth inning to take an 8-6 lead.

Long was at it again crushing a two out, two-run homer to left field which knotted the game at eight in the fifth.

Northwestern looked to be in trouble in the top of the seventh when the first two Crimson Storm hitters reached on bunt singles putting runners on first and third. Derek Epps came in to the game and got the next hitter to pop in to a double play. The next hitter popped up to shortstop to get Epps and the Ranger defense out of the inning.

Brorsen's game-winning single made a winner out of Epps. It was his first of the year.

Long had three hits in the game while Brorsen went 3-for-3.

The Rangers will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Myers Stadium against East Central.