SHAWNEE, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team earned its 10th straight victory with the help of several long balls. Camilo Baldelomar, George Flores and Wes Brorsen homered in a 6-4 win at No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday evening.
Baldelomar's two-run shot in the first, his 12th of the season, set the tempo for the Rangers and starting pitcher Zac Floyd. The senior hurler held a powerful Oklahoma Baptist lineup to just two runs over six innings of work. Floyd fanned six Bison hitters in the win, his sixth of the season.
Flores' home run extended the Ranger lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Oklahoma Baptist got within a run for the second time scoring on Mitchel Prophet's home run.
The Rangers (32-18, 16-9 Sooner Athletic Conference) answered back again with, what would be, the biggest inning of the game.
After Trevor Long was hit by a pitch, Wes Brorsen put a charge into one for a two-run homer to give Northwestern a 5-2 lead. Later in the inning, Flores doubled and George Mendoza drove him home with a single to make the game 6-2.
Floyd's wild pitch allowed a run to score in the sixth to make the game 6-3 and the Bison scored again off of Jordan Flittie in the seventh to make it 6-4, but that's all they would get.
Senior Derek Epps took the ball for a two-inning save. He retired six consecutive batters to pick up his fifth save of the season. He has a sparkling 1.29 earned run average in 15 appearances this season.
Northwestern will return home on Saturday for games two and three of this series against the Bison. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Thu, April 19, 2012
by Allan Scarabello