CHICKASHA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team took a six-run lead into the fifth inning and a 9-8 lead into the ninth but two University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma home runs gave the Drovers a 10-9 victory.
NWOSU career saves leader Derek Epps did not have his best stuff as the home runs came against the first two hitters of the ninth inning.
Early on in the contest, it did not look like it would come down to the game's final at bat. The Rangers (12-13, 2-5 Sooner Athletic Conference) scored two runs in the first on a two-run homer by George Flores.
Newcomer Jonathan Freemyer singled home Trevor Long to make it 3-0 in the fourth and Jose Maysonet's triple made it a 4-0 game.
A pickoff attempt by USAO went astray with runners on first and third allowing Wes Brorsen to score making it 5-0 in the fifth. Later in the inning, Jarad Moore stole third and scored on an error by the catcher.
The Rangers were cruising behind starting pitcher Eddie Cumpston but walks got the lefty and reliever Chase Kokojan in trouble in the bottom of the fifth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out. A fielder's choice put the Drovers on the board. The southpaw walked another hitter to load the bases leading to his exit from the game in favor of Kokojan. He walked the next hitter to force in a run. The next two hitters doubled and tripled, and, just like that, the Rangers fell behind 7-6.
Juan Natal's two-run homer gave the Rangers the lead back at 8-7. An error with two outs in the seventh allowed the Rangers a two-run cushion.
USAO scored once in the seventh off of reliever Clay Thomas and the two homers to begin the ninth inning extended the Ranger losing streak to four games.
Long had three hits in the game while Brorsen, Natal and Maysonet each had two hits.
The Rangers will travel to Wayland Baptist for a three-game weekend series set to begin at 4 p.m. Friday.
Tue, March 6, 2012
by Allan Scarabello