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By Madison Parrott
NWOSU Sports 

NWOSU softball downed twice against Midwestern State

 

March 22, 2019



ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers softball team had a tough day in Wichita Falls, Texas, against Midwestern State University Tuesday afternoon.

The Rangers were only able to tally a total of four hits on the day, with all four hits going to four different freshman players.

Kalie Johnson’s double was the only hit in the first game, saving her team from having a no-hitter thrown against them. Morgan Kirk, who was hit by a pitch twice, and Ashlie Green (walked) were the only other baserunners during the game.

Caden Cunningham, Lindsey McElroy, and Madeline McIntyre all got a hit each in the second game but were unable to score. McElroy earned the only walk thrown in the second game.

Game 1

Northwestern struggled against Midwestern State pitching through out the six innings played. The Rangers would have only one hit to MSU’s 14.

The Black and Red started with a runner in the first inning with Kirk reaching on a hit by pitch but could not get her across the plate.

Midwestern State took advantage of an errant throw in the bottom of the first inning giving them their first lead, 1-0.

The Rangers would earn their second baserunner of the game with a Green walk in the top of the second inning but, again, could not plate any runners. The Black and Red defense fought through an error in the bottom of the second to prevent the Mustangs from scoring another run.

In the top of the third, Johnson sent the only hit of the game deep into the left center gap. Kirk kept the rally going by reaching base after her second hit by pitch of the game, but the inning would end there as the Rangers still trailed 1-0.

Midwestern State started to pull away in the bottom of the inning with two runs on four hits to give them a 3-0 lead. MSU would hold the Rangers from reaching base for the rest of the game.

A triple in the fourth gave MSU another run, while two doubles helped the Mustangs score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 6-0. Their final runs came in the bottom of the sixth as they earned two more runs to give them a score of 8-0, placing the run rule into effect and taking the game in six innings.

Game 2

The Rangers offense continued to struggle in game two earning only three hits in seven innings played, but the defense showed some grit throughout the game getting out of multiple jams while holding MSU’s hot bats to only seven hits.

A lead-off homer and an errant throw allowed the Mustangs to get their first lead of the game 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning.

The Ranger’s would try to answer back in the top of the third with a lead-off single by McIntyre who then stole second base to get herself into scoring position. McElroy followed suit with her own single up the middle, moving McIntyre to third base. McElroy showed her speed by stealing second as well but the Rangers could not drive their runners in.

The Mustangs responded to the threat with another run earned in the bottom of the third, extending their lead 3-0. McElroy’s walk in the top of the sixth would be the only other base runner for the Rangers.

The Northwestern pitching and defense held the Mustangs scoreless over the next few innings until the bottom of the sixth when a solo home run make it 4-0.

Three straight strike-outs would prevent the Rangers from scoring any runs in the top of the seventh inning allowing MSU to take the game with a score of 4-0.

Northwestern softball returns home to Alva to play a four-game conference series against Ouachita Baptist starting with a 3 p.m. doubleheader this afternoon.

 

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