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By Eric Scott
NWOSU Sports 

Aggies weathered by Rangers in seven innings, 14-4


March 22, 2019

Trey Lunn

Luis Mendoza of the Rangers hits a double in Wednesday's game versus Oklahoma Pandhandle State University.

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball unloaded for 11 runs in the first two innings Wednesday afternoon as the Rangers had no problem wrangling the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State in a 14-4 victory in a seven inning run-rule victory.

Northwestern improved its record to 14-11 this season with the win at Glass Family Field at Myers Stadium, their eighth of the season. The Rangers look to get on track in Great American Conference play with a road trip this weekend at Ouachita Baptist. NWOSU and Ouachita face off in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, followed by a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In Wednesday's win over OPSU, Northwestern pitching fanned nine Aggie batters. Dillon Van Oosbree struck out four and didn't walk a batter in five innings of work to earn his third win of the season. Sean Rydell struck out two, Rafael Lara struck out two of the three batters he faced and Beau Britton set down one of his two batters faced on strikes.

Of the 11 hits by the Rangers, seven were for extra bases.

Daschal Johnson started the Rangers off with an extra base hit with a ball that rolled to the wall in center for a leadoff triple. Johnson finished the game with three hits, the triple and two doubles, and two runs batted in.

Jake Darrow pushed Johnson in on what should have been a single RBI groundout, but he was safe when the second baseman bobbled the grounder. He would finish the game with three RBIs.

Darrow scored a couple batters later on a single to left off the bat of Luis Mendoza. Carlos Andujar, who walked earlier in the inning, came across the plate on a wild pitch, and Brock Randels and Harrison Hull drew back-to-back walks that pushed in Johnnuelle Ponce.

Four Rangers took bases on free passes in the four-run bottom of the first.

Northwestern responded after OPSU plated a run in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly with four more runs in the bottom of the inning. Darrow drew a leadoff walk and scored on a Ponce triple to right. Ponce then scored on a misplayed fly ball in right field that allowed Luis Mendoza to reach and take second.

Randels followed with a single that brought home Mendoza and Harrison Hull doubled down the right field line to score Randels to make it 8-1.

Trey Lunn

Northwestern's Jake Darrow catches the deep centerfield ball resulting in an out for Oklahoma Panhandle State University Wednesday afternoon.

In his first game back in the lineup since the March 1, Luis Cintron drew a walk, followed by Johnson's first double of the game to score Hull. Darrow quickly cleared the bases with an easy triple to put the Rangers up 11-1 after the second inning.

The highlight offensively for the Aggies was a home run in the fourth inning for their second run of the afternoon.

Johnson picked up his second RBI of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when he brought home Tanner Rutledge. Rutledge had previously started the inning with a pinch hit single.

In the home half of the fifth, Northwestern added two more runs as Marques Paige double to left field to score Colton Whitehouse, and after Paige moved to second on a groundout, he scored on a dropped throw by the Aggie pitcher to extend the lead to 14-2.

OPSU got runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings for the final 14-4 total.


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