By Trey Lunn 

Rangers 2019 baseball season


2019 NWOSU Baseball Team – From left (top row): Charlie Letourneau, Garrett Thompson, Matthew Bickford, Kasey Guinty, Kaleb Honea, Wyatt Bergner, Jacob Savage, Justin Bundy, Chase Sawyer, Colton Whitehouse, Bryce Donovan, Matt Goertzen, Brendan Yates, Brandon Nesseralla, Sean Rydell, Dillon Van Oosbree, Rafael Lara, Carlos Andujar, Brady Bowles, Jeremy Sawyer, Jacob Uhing, Rafferty Brown, Ryan Bowen, Luis Reyes, Nathan Weatherly; (middle row) Scott Creedon, Ashton Carman, Koby Spicer, Johnnuelle Ponce, Marques Paige, Luis Mendoza, Daschal Johnson, Tyler Garcia, Greg Carrington, Brock Randels, Trevor Stone, Danny Vazquez, Brendan Kates, Brody Shook, Blake Hoffman; (bottom row) Jacob Miller, Jake White, Harry Park, Jake Darrow, Luis Cintron, Blake Dunlap, Angel Perez, Tanner Rutledge, Camden Kauk, Logan Jones, Justin Gordon, Weston Jarvis, Dax Jallo.

In Ryan Bowen's first year in 2018, the club finished with a record of 24-25 with a 16-17 conference record. Prior to the 2018 season, the Ranger baseball team finished with 14 wins in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Currently, the team has a 23-23 record. The Rangers started the season with a 10-1 record before hitting a slump towards the middle of the season.

Though the Northwestern has hit a slump, the offense has maintained throughout the season. The Rangers are ranked in the top 26 in Division II for five statistical categories. The Rangers are ranked 14th for doubles with 98. The Rangers are ranked 25th in hits with 429 hits with 1358 at bats.

Also, Northwestern is ranked 5th in home runs with 55. The club is ranked 16th in runs with 355. And lastly, the Rangers are ranked 26 in scoring with 8.0 runs a game.

The team has had a stellar offensive performance this year. The Rangers have four players in the top 25 for batting percentages in the Great American Conference. Carlos Andujar ranks eighth with a .378 average; Luis Cintron ranks ninth with .369 average; Johnnuelle Ponce ranks tenth with .368 average. Finally, Justin Bundy is 19th on the list with a .353 batting average.

Northwestern's Ponce is having a standout year. Ponce is ranked high in almost every statistical category in conference: ranked third in hits with 63 and fifth with 52 runs scored, and leading the conference with 59 runs batted in. Ponce ranks No. 1 in conference for home runs with 18 and in Division II he's ranked fourth.

Northwestern will finish their last series versus Southwestern Oklahoma State University Saturday April 27.


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