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RYAN BAY NAMED AS NORTHWESTERN’S BASEBALL COACH

Ryan Bay

ALVA, Okla.After a successful three-year reign at Bacone College, Ryan Bay has been dubbed the new head baseball coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Bay becomes just the fourth coach of the Ranger baseball program over the past 40 years.

“Ryan Bay fits the criteria we were looking for in our baseball coach,” stated Northwestern Director of Athletics Bob Battisti. “Work ethic, enthusiasm, energy and character were the words I kept hearing as I checked his references. We are excited Ryan has decided to lead our baseball program.”

This past season Bay led Bacone College to a 41-14 overall record and as high as an 18th ranking in the NAIA. Bay joined Bacone during the 2003 season and spurred a 20-game turn around from the previous season with a 29-19 record. During his second season, he finished with a 35-21 record and won the Red River Athletic Conference North Division Title, the first in the school’s history.

Before serving at Bacone, Bay spent from 2003-05 as the head coach at William Woods (Mo.) University. During his inaugural season, Bay guided the program to its first winning season in school history. In his second year at the helm, Bay defeated seven NAIA nationally ranked opponents in route to qualifying for the Regional Tournament, a first for the program.

Bay’s accomplishments don’t just stop on the field, they also carry over to the classroom. In his six years as a head coach he raised the academic bar and improved his team’s grade point average by large margin.

“I am excited about coming to Northwestern and being a part of its rich athletic tradition,” remarked Bay. “I am committed to making the baseball program a source of pride both on the campus and in the community for years to come.”

A native of Perry, Bay has also been an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, serving as a hitting/outfield coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-02. In 2002, the Jets finished in third place in the Junior College World Series.

While in Enid during the summers of 2001 and 2002, he was the head coach of the Enid Pastimers, a collegiate summer league team.

Bay played his prep ball at Perry High School under current Northern Oklahoma College-Enid head coach Raydon Leaton. He was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference performer in the Heart of America Conference as an outfielder at Missouri Valley College. During his junior year, Bay led the conference in stolen bases with 39.

Bay received his bachelor’s of science in 1999 from Missouri Valley College and holds a master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, which he earned in 2002.


PHILLIPS TO STEP DOWN AS HEAD BASEBALL COACH

Northwestern Oklahoma State University head baseball coach and assistant athletic director Joe Phillips will leave those positions at the end of the school year, but will remain with the institution as an instructor.

Phillips completed his 20th season as head baseball coach last week and will leave with a career record of 452-527. Phillips has been associated with the Ranger baseball program since 1983 when he began his playing career after transferring from Cowley County (Kan.) Community College.

“We appreciate the years of service that Coach Phillips has given to Northwestern and the young men that he has coached,” said Bob Battisti, athletic director.

Battisti said the search for a new baseball coach will begin immediately.


RANGERS DROP SEASON FINALE AGAINST USAO

Tyson Kendrick was 3-for-5 against USAO.

CHICKASHA, Okla. Northwestern dropped its final baseball game of the 2008 season in Chickasha, as the Rangers fell to the Drovers, 12-7. Game two was halted after an altercation broke out, started by a USAO player.

USAO used a five-run second inning, a two-run fourth and a run in the fifth, to take an 8-0 lead.

Northwestern came back with a five-spot in the top of the sixth inning, to trail 8-5, but the Drovers answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

The Rangers were able to score two more in the seventh, as Colby Clodfelter hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season, followed by Ty Burkes first home run of the year.

Northwestern out-hit USAO, 12-11, and stranded 10 runners on base.

Catcher Tyson Kendrick led the Ranger hitter’s with a 3-for-5 outing. Clodfelter and Burkes each had two hits each, including their home runs.

Matt Stratton (3-10) started the game and struck out four batters in two complete innings. Josh Bowles followed, pitching 3.1 innings, while Chance Clodfelter and Christopher Glass each threw an out.

Northwestern closed the season out at 8-36 overall and at 4-25 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Rangers will lose three seniors: Colby Clodfelter, Christopher Glass and Mark Zadorozny.


NORTHWESTERN FALLS IN FINAL HOME GAME

Richard Burdick was 2-for-4 with three RBI's as he hit his fifth home run against USAO on Friday.

ALVA, Okla.The Ranger baseball team dropped its final home game of the season at Ranger Field on Friday, April 25 as Northwestern was defeated 16-5 by the University of Science and Arts. The loss put the Rangers at 8-35 on the season and at 4-24 in the SAC, while USAO improved to 21-23 overall and to 13-15 in conference play.

USAO jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning and a half, but the Ranger combated with two runs in the bottom of the second to pull within a run. The Ranger’s did so on Richard Burdick’s fifth home run of the season, scoring Ruben Mora who reached base via an error.

The Drovers jumped out to a 10-2 lead after a huge third inning, scoring seven runs.

USAO increased its lead with three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings, taking a 16-2 advantage.

Burdick drove in his third run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth and Ty Burkes’ RBI groundout gave the Rangers two more runs. Northwestern’s final run came in the seventh inning, as the Drovers walked in a run.

The original nine-inning game was cut short due to the 10-run, run-rule.

Burdick was 2-for-4 with three of the Rangers five RBI’s and a run scored. Mora also had two hits, while Colby Clodfelter doubled.

Senior Mark Zadorozny (1-2) pitched two innings in the start, facing 18 batters. Josh Morris relieved with two innings, striking out three and allowing four runs. James Bailey and Matt Mahieu finished the game, throwing one and two innings, respectively.

Northwestern (8-35, 4-24) closes out the season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Chickasha against USAO.


NORTHWESTERN-USAO NINE INNING GAME PUSHED BACK A DAY

Due to inclement weather, the Northwestern baseball team’s nine-inning game originally scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Ranger Field has been pushed back to Friday, April 25. First pitch is still set for 2 p.m.

The Rangers and Drovers will play a doubleheader in Chickasha on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m.

 

 


RANGERS SPLIT WITH SOUTHERN NAZARENE, TAKE FINAL GAME OF SERIES

Brandon Walker pitched his way to his second victory of the season, defeating Southern Nazarene 5-4. Walker had five K's in 6.1 innings.

ALVA, Okla. Northwestern and Southern Nazarene split games in the third meeting of the season at Ranger Field on Tuesday, with the Rangers dropping the opener 11-0, before taking the seventh game of the series between the two teams in the nightcap, defeating SNU, 5-4. The win improved the Rangers to 8-34 on the season.

The Rangers got three hits from three different players in the opener. Christopher Glass and Colby Clodfelter hit singles, while Tom Huddleston recorded his team-tying second triple of the season.

Southern Nazarene had 12 hits in the game and used an eight-run sixth inning to enforce the run-rule.

Matt Stratton (3-9) started on the bump, striking out four and walking one batter in 5.2 innings. Josh Bowles pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief.

Northwestern got game two turned around, while both teams pounded out 11 hits.

The Rangers used a four run second inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. In that inning, Angel Hernandez got things going with a lead off single and stole second. Clay Jennings followed with a RBI double to left field, plating Hernandez. After an unearned run scored by Matt Schuster, Clint Dodds drove in Ty Burkes on a sacrifice fly. Northwestern scored their fourth and final run of the inning on Glass’ RBI single to center field.

Southern Nazarene scored two runs in each of the third and fourth innings off of starting pitcher Brandon Walker, knotting the game at 4-4.

To lead off the fourth inning, Casey Clark singled to the left side and was followed by a Huddleston single. Glass got his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Clark from second and giving the Rangers the 5-4 advantage.

Walker retired the side in the fifth inning and got out of the sixth inning unscathed. He was lifted after pitching an out in the seventh for Glass. Glass shut the door on the Crimson Storm, getting the last two batters to fly out in rout for his second save of the season.

Walker improved to 2-6 on the season after fanning five batters in 6.1 innings pitched. He faced 31 batters and gave up four runs.

Glass led the hitters with a perfect 3-for-3 outing and was followed by a 2-for-3 performance from Hernandez.

Northwestern (8-34, 4-23) will finish their season this week, hosting USAO in a nine inning game on Thursday, April 24 before closing the season out with a doubleheader in Chickasha against USAO on April 26.


#11 WAYLAND BAPTIST SWEEPS NORTHWESTERN

Christopher Glass hit three home runs and hit .667 in the three-game series over Wayland Baptist.

PLAINVIEW, Tex. Eleventh-ranked Wayland Baptist University used 39 hits to come up with a three-game sweep of Northwestern over the weekend. Northwestern fell 5-3 and 13-7 in Friday’s doubleheader and lost 13-5 in the finale.

Matt Stratton went the distance in the opener, throwing all six innings and holding the Pioneers to four earned runs. Stratton stuck out three batters and dished out one free pass over the course of the game.

Both teams scored a run in the opening inning, with the Rangers’ run coming on a Ruben Mora single, knocking in Clint Dodds, who reached on an error.

After WBU scored a pair of runs in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead, Northwestern pulled within a run on an unearned run in the third inning. Wayland scored another run in the bottom half of the inning, taking a 4-2 advantage.

Christopher Glass hit a home run to right field to again come within a run of the Pioneers, but Wayland Baptist added a run of their own in the bottom half to take the eventual 5-3 win.

Glass had half of the Rangers hits, as he led NWOSU with a 3-for-4 outing, scoring a run and driving another in. Angel Hernandez, Tyson Kendrick and Mora all had singles.

In the nightcap, WBU led 7-0 after two innings of play.

The Rangers scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and three in the seventh, while pounding out 11 hits.

Glass again led NWOSU with a 3-for-4 performance, while scoring a pair of runs and recording an RBI. Richard Burdick and Ty Burkes both had two hits, while Colby Clodfelter clubbed his seventh home run of the season.

The Rangers used four pitchers, with Brandon Walker (1-6) taking the loss after going an inning and two-thirds. Josh Morris pitched three innings of relief before giving way to Chance Clodfelter, who threw an out. Matt Mahieu finished the game, throwing the final inning.

Wayland Baptist’s bats were on fire during the early innings on Saturday’s nine-inning game. The Pioneers first eight hits were home runs as WBU set a new school record for most home runs in a game.

After WBU jumped out to a 9-0 lead through three innings, the Rangers got on the scoreboard as Glass and Burdick both hit solo home runs to trail 9-2.

WBU scored another run in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 10-2 lead. Glass went deep for the third time of the series and fifth time this season, with a two-run blast to left field to plate Mora and close the gap to 10-4.

The Pioneers extended their lead, scoring three runs in the seventh. Northwestern scored a solo run in the ninth inning on a homerun, the Rangers’ fourth of the game, by Colby Clodfelter.

Four of the Rangers seven hits were home runs, as Mora, Glass and Burdick had two hits each, while Clodfelter had one.

James McMurphy (0-4) started the game and took the loss, striking out one batter in 2.1 innings of work. Mark Zadorozny pitched 4.2 inning of long relief before Josh Bowles closed out the eighth inning.

The Rangers (7-33, 4-23) will finish their season in the upcoming week, as they play a non-conference doubleheader with Southern Nazarene on Tuesday, April 22 in the annual “Pack the Park” game. Northwestern will host USAO in a nine inning game on Thursday, April 24 before closing the season out with a doubleheader in Chickasha against USAO on April 26.


RANGER BASEBALL WEEKEND SCHEDULE CHANGES

The Ranger baseball team’s schedule has been overhauled for the upcoming weekend of April 18-19. Northwestern road games, including a three-game series with Wayland Baptist and doubleheader with Hillsdale Baptist, have been changed.

The three-game set with Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Tex., has been moved from a Thursday-Friday series to a Friday-Saturday series. The two teams will meet on Friday, April 18 for a 4 p.m. doubleheader and end the series on Saturday, April 19 with a nine-inning game at 1 p.m.

The originally scheduled doubleheader with Hillsdale Baptist on Saturday, April 19, has been pushed back two days and first pitch is slated for 3 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Northwestern will return home on Tuesday, April 22 for a non-conference doubleheader with Southern Nazarene with the annual “Pack the Park” activities taking place.


TOP-RANKED LUBBOCK TAKES
THREE-GAME WEEKEND SERIES FROM RANGERS

Kellan Scott pounds out a base hit against No. 1 Lubbock Christian. Scott leads the Rangers with a .404 batting average.

ALVA, Okla. Northwestern Oklahoma State made No. 1 ranked Lubbock Christian work for there three-game weekend sweep. The Chaps defeated the Rangers 9-4 and 12-2 on Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, before Northwestern trailed only 3-2 through seven innings in the final game of the series back in Alva on Sunday, resulting in a 9-2 loss.

In a chilly, rainy and windy day on Saturday, the Rangers and Chaps were knotted at 1-1 through three innings. LCU’s run came in the first inning on a home run, while Northwestern got an unearned run in the third inning as Angel Hernandez singled in Matt Schuster, who was pinch running for Tyson Kendrick, that earlier reached on an error.

The Chaps scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to extend their lead to 5-1 through four and a half innings.

Hernandez drove in Northwestern’s second run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Ty Burkes who was pinch running for Kendrick, who again reached base via an error.

Lubbock pushed across four runs in the seventh inning on four hits to take a 9-2 lead.

Ruben Mora hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh, to leave the final score at 9-4.

Starter Matt Stratton (3-7) was lifted after six innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, four earned runs and struck out three batters in 28 batters faced. Josh Bowles threw a third of an inning in relief, facing three batters, and James Bailey finished the remaining two-thirds of an inning, pitching to the final six batters.

Hernandez had two of the Rangers’ four hits, along with Mora’s home run and Colby Clodfelter’s single.

The nightcap didn’t turn out so well, as Lubbock Christian run-ruled the Rangers 12-2 in six innings.

Mora again went yard for the eighth time this season, this time to right field to drive in the Rangers’ only two runs.

LCU’s starter, Chris Holguin, allowed just two hits, including Mora’s home run and Kellan Scott’s single.

On the mound, James McMurphy (0-3) took the loss, throwing 5.1 innings. He struck out two and walked three. Matt Mahieu threw the final two outs in relief.

Back in Alva, on Sunday, the Rangers gave the Chaps a scare in the nine-inning game.

Lubbock opened the scoring in the third inning on a two-run home run and an RBI double to lead 3-0.

The Rangers scored a single run in the fifth as Burdick doubled to plate Scott, who singled.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Northwestern pulled within a run in the seventh. After Ranger starter Brandon Walker was ejected from the game, Mark Zadorozny came in and shut the door on the Chaps in the top of the seventh. Scott’s RBI groundout, scored Burkes, who was pinch running for Christopher Glass, after leading the inning off with a single.

The Chaps pulled away in eighth inning, scoring five runs on three hits and adding a solo run in the ninth inning to come to the eventual 9-2 win.

The Rangers matched their game-one hit total with four hits. Glass, Clodfelter, and Scott had singles, while Burdick recorded his seventh double of the season.

Walker (1-5), who held the Chaps to just three runs in six innings of work, allowed four hits and struck out three.

Northwestern (7-30, 4-20) will meet Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Tex. in the upcoming week for a three-game set.


BASEBALL GAMES IN ENID POSTPONED/ALUMNI EVENT CANCELLED

Due to recent heavy rains, the Northwestern Oklahoma State baseball games for Friday, April 11 have been rescheduled, weather permitting, for Saturday, April 12 in Enid at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. The Rangers will host a doubleheader against No. 1 Lubbock Christian beginning at 1 p.m. and return to Ranger Field in Alva for a nine-inning game on Sunday, April 13 starting at 1 p.m.

The Northwestern Alumni Event, the third annual “Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie”, has been canceled.


NORTHWESTERN SWEPT BY CRIMSON STORM IN NON-CONFERENCE TWINBILL

Colby Clodfelter was 4-for-7 with three runs batted in during the non-conference doubleheader with Southern Nazarene.

BETHANY, Okla.The Ranger baseball team suffered a pair of losses in a non-conference twinbill on the road against Southern Nazarene (28-14, 13-8) on Tuesday. Northwestern fell 8-7 in extra innings in the opener, before suffering a 12-2 run-rule loss in game two.

Being down 1-0 after Southern Nazarene scored a run in the second inning, Northwestern pushed across three runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. Matt Schuster singled in Kellan Scott, who singled to lead off the inning for the Rangers first run of the game. Angel Hernandez plated the next two runs on a two-RBI double, scoring Ty Burkes and Schuster, before being thrown out trying to extend into a triple.

The Crimson Storm had a big bottom of the third, scoring six runs on three hits and thanks to three Ranger miscues.

Northwestern came back from the 7-3 deficit and tied the game in the sixth inning. Henandez started the inning off with a home run and was followed by singles from Clint Dodds and Christopher Glass. Shortstop Colby Clodfelter rapped a double, scoring Dodds and Glass for two runs. With two outs, Schuster was able to score Clodfelter from second for the game-tying run.

Ranger relief pitcher, Josh Bowles, and the Crimson Storm reliever, sat the opposition down in order up until the bottom of the eighth inning.

During the bottom of the eighth inning, SNU’s leadoff reached on an error and was singled to second, but was later erased on a fielder’s choice to third base. With the bases loaded and two outs, SNU scored the game-winning run on a walk.

Bowles (1-4) took the loss after throwing 5.2 innings of relief. He wasn’t charged with an earned run and allowed five hits, as he struck out one batter in 25 batters faced. Starter James Bailey went two innings and suffered four earned runs and four hits.

Hernandez had three runs batted in as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Clodfelter and Schuster both had two hits, a run scored and a pair of runs batted in.

After scoring a run in the top of the first inning of the second game, the Rangers couldn’t get things going. Clodfelter had an RBI single, plating Tom Huddleston who singled to lead things off and stole second, before scoring.

Southern Nazarene combated with a run of its own in the bottom of the first and took an 8-1 lead after a seven-run third inning.

Northwetern’s final run of the day came when Hernandez scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning.

With no outs in the fifth inning, SNU pushed across four runs to enforce the run-rule.

Clodfelter again recorded two hits in game number two and drove in the only Ranger earned run. Matt Murray had a double, while Huddleston singled for the only four NWOSU hits.

On the mound, Josh Morris (0-7) took the loss after pitching 2.1 innings. Morris struck out three, walked four and allowed six runs. Chance Clodfelter gave an inning and two-thirds of relief before Matt Mahieu ended the game on the hill.

The Rangers (7-27, 4-17) return to Sooner Athletic Conference action as they host the NAIA’s No. 2 team, Lubbock Christian (37-1, 21-0), for a three-game series in Enid at David Allen Memorial over the weekend. On Friday, April 11, the doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s first pitch for the nine-inning game is set at 1 p.m. The Chaps are undefeated in conference play and have only lost one game this season.


RANGERS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT; SWEEP MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN

Matt Schuster led the Rangers in the three-game set with Mid-America, going 5-for-8 with five runs batted in.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Northwestern’s baseball team won its fourth consecutive game after completing a three-game sweep of conference foe Mid-America Christian on Saturday. The Rangers (7-25, 4-17) downed the Evangels 7-3 and 9-8 on Friday at Ranger Field before holding them off for a 5-3 road win on Saturday.

Northwestern erupted for five runs in the first inning of the opening game of the series. The Rangers did so on five hits.

Mid-America scored three runs in the top of the second, but Ranger starter Matt Stratton held the Evangels scoreless the rest of the game.

The Rangers added two insurance runs in the fourth, one on a Tyson Kendrick RBI and the other on Angel Hernandez’ sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Stratton (3-6) picked up his team-leading third win of the season as he allowed seven hits and three runs, while striking out a season-high ten batters.

Ruben Mora and Matt Schuster had two hits each as NWOSU finished with eight total hits.

In game two, Northwestern again jumped out ahead in the first inning, this time scoring three runs. Mid-America pushed a run across in the second inning, but the Rangers took a 5-1 lead after a two-run fifth.

Mid-America pulled the game closer after a two run sixth inning. Trailing 5-3, the Evangels pounded out four hits for five runs in the top of the seventh, taking an 8-5 lead.

Northwestern fought back the bottom of the seventh. After Colby Clodfelter doubled to centerfield with one out, he scored on a Kellan Scott single. The Rangers loaded the bases with one out and pulled within a run on Tom Huddleston’s RBI walk. With Kendrick at the plate and the bases loaded, he came through in dramatic style with walk-off two RBI single to right field that gave the Rangers the 9-8 victory.

The Rangers out hit the Evangels 13-10, with four players having two hits.

Brandon Walker went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs, before Christopher Glass relieved for an inning. Chance Clodfelter (1-0) was tabbed with the win, his first of the season, after throwing the final two outs.

In Saturday’s nine-inning game, the Evangels scored a run in the first to take the early 1-0 lead. Mid-America starting pitcher Ryan McCoin, held the Rangers hitless through four innings, setting the Rangers down in order.

The Rangers came alive in the fifth inning, coming up with five hits, as Glass kicked off the inning with a single to right. Schuster had a two-RBI single to left and Kendrick drove in a run on a single to the left side.

The Evangels tied the game at 3-3 with a single run in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Northwestern’s game-winning run came in the seventh, as Scott started the inning off with a single and scored on Schuster’s third RBI of the game. After swiping second base, Schuster scored as Kendrick delivered a single to right field.

Mark Zadorozny (1-1) was awarded the win after throwing 3.2 innings of relief of starter James McMurphy, who threw 5.1 innings. Zadorozny shut the Evangels down, while striking out a pair and scattering four hits.  

Kendrick, Scott, Schuster and Clodfelter all had two hits in the game, while Hernandez and Glass each had a hit.

Northwestern (7-25, 4-17) will play Southern Nazarene on Tuesday, April 8 in a non-conference doubleheader in Bethany. The Rangers then take on Lubbock Christian for a three-game series in Enid at David Allen Memorial on Friday and Saturday.


NORTHWESTERN – MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN BASEBALL SERIES CHANGES

The amount of precipitation in the Oklahoma City area has forced the Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team’s three-game series with Mid-America Christian to change. Northwestern was scheduled to host the doubleheader on Saturday, April 5, but will instead host the Evangels at 1 p.m. at Ranger Field on Friday, April 4. The final game of the series is schedule in Oklahoma City at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

 

 


THIRD ANNUAL BASEBALL BASH SET FOR ENID-AREA NORTHWESTERN ALUMNI

The third annual “Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie” will take place on Friday, April 11 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid at 3 p.m.

The third annual “Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie” will take place on Friday, April 11 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid when the Northwestern Oklahoma State Ranger baseball team hosts a doubleheader with Lubbock Christian University with the first seven-inning game beginning at 3 p.m. The event is hosted by the Greater Enid NWOSU Alumni Task Force and in between game activities will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Rowdy Rangers will begin grilling hot dogs and serve apple pie from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. for the first 300 alumni and friends. Concessions will be available for snack items and sodas.

Prizes will be given away throughout the event and free t-shirts, courtesy of Encompass FSI, will also be free of charge.

Admission for the game is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students K-12 and $2.00 for senior citizens.  

“This event has become a new Ranger tradition,” said Northwestern Alumni Association Director, Lizabeth Richey. “Come out and show your Ranger spirit while you celebrate America’s Pastime.”


RANGERS TAKE ONE FROM COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS

Kellan Scott was 6-8 with seven RBI's in the three-game set with College of the Ozarks

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. The Ranger baseball team snapped its 13-game losing streak on Wednesday, taking the final game of a three-game series against the College of the Ozarks (Mo.). The Bobcats swept the doubleheader on Tuesday, winning 15-8 and 2-4, before NWOSU took the finale 10-6.

Northwestern was outhit 17-8 in the opener, while James McMurphy (0-2) took the loss. McMurphy threw 3.2 innings, struck out one and allowed five earned runs. Mark Zadorozny followed with an inning and two thirds of work on the mound before Josh Bowles ended the game throwing the final two thirds of an inning.

Colby Clodfelter was the only Ranger with more than one hit, as he was 2-for-3 with a grand slam, four runs batted in and two runs scored. The grand slam was his team tying sixth of the season.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Bobcats jumped to a 4-0 lead, using three runs in the fourth. Northwestern came back with a run in the fifth and one in the seventh, as the Rangers ended the game with the bases loaded.

Kellan Scott picked up two hits in three at bats, while Matt Schuster, Tom Huddleston, Angel Hernandez, Richard Burdick and Tyson Kendrick all had a hit each. Kendrick and Hernandez both had extra base hits, with Kendrick driving in a run on a triple and Hernandez doubled to lead off the sixth.

Brandon Walker went the distance, walking one and striking out four batters. He allowed six hits and four earned runs.

Starter Matt Stratton (2-6) threw five innings in picking up the win on Wednesday, striking out four and allowing a pair of runs. Josh Morris relieved for three innings before Zadorozny and Glass combined for the last inning of work. Glass recorded his first save of the season.

The Rangers and Bobcats both had 13 hits, but the difference came down to the eighth inning. With the Rangers up 5-3, NWOSU tacked on five more runs to go ahead by seven. The College of the Ozarks were able to get three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Glass closed the door and retiring the final two batters.

Scott had another multi-hit game and was 3-for-4 with four RBI’s. Huddleston picked up three hits and Kendrick and Schuster each had two.

Northwestern (4-25, 1-15) will be idle for the next seven days and will pick it back up with a single nine inning game at Mid-America Christian University on Thursday, April 3 at 2 p.m.   


STARS SNEAK PAST RANGERS 

Casey Clark takes a cut while Ruben Mora awaits on deck.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Just two days after the Rangers suffered a beating from the Stars, Northwestern battled No. 5 Oklahoma City University in doubleheader action on Saturday at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Stars came out victorious in both games, sneaking by the Rangers 3-0 and 8-6.

Junior Hurler Matt Stratton (1-6) threw all six inning for Northwestern in the opener, allowing three runs as he spread out five hits, while striking out five.

Oklahoma City scored two of its runs on RBI singles in the fourth inning and scored the final run in the fifth on an RBI double.

Christopher Glass had a hit in all three of his at bats, as he was 3-for-3 with a double. Ruben Mora and Tom Huddleston were the other two Rangers with hits.

In the second game, Oklahoma City had to use a last inning comeback to defeat Northwestern.

After a scoreless first three innings, OCU scored six runs using five hits in the fourth inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. The Stars added two more runs during the sixth inning to extend their lead to 8-0.

The Rangers didn’t quit, scoring six runs of their own in the top of the seventh, giving OCU a scare. In that inning, Tom Huddleston had an RBI walk, Angel Hernandez drove in a run on a double, and Ruben Mora’s two out double tied the game.

Six different Rangers had hits as the Ranger pitching staff gave up 10 hits to OCU. Josh Morris (0-6) took the loss after suffering six earned runs in 2.2 innings. Mark Zadorozny didn’t allow a run in 2.1 innings of work and was followed by James Bailey’s inning of work in the sixth.

Northwestern (3-23, 1-15) will head to Point Lookout, Mo. to meet the College of the Ozarks in a three-game series. The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, March 25 and follow with a 1 p.m. nine inning game on Wednesday.  


STARS SHOOT DOWN RANGERS

Christopher Glass was a triple away from the cycle, going 3-for-3.

Alva, Okla. – In a wind-driven Ranger Field with gusts up to more than 40 miles per hour, the park turned into a launching pad, as the No. 5 Oklahoma City Stars downed the Rangers 33-10. OCU set the NAIA single-game record with 81 total bases and tied the single-game record by hitting 14 home runs in the win as Northwestern fell to 3-21 on the season.

Oklahoma City jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning and scored at least two runs in every other inning, except for being held scoreless in the fifth.

Northwestern’s ten runs came in five separate innings, including three in the first.

The Rangers picked up 13 hits, while OCU was two hits away from tying the NAIA national record with 31 hits on the day.

Christopher Glass was a triple away from the cycle as he turned in a 3-for-3 day with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Angel Hernandez and Clint Dodds both had two hits each.

The Rangers used seven pitchers, with the loss going to starter Brandon Walker (1-3).

Northwestern (3-21, 1-15) will travel to Oklahoma City for a doubleheader with the Stars (31-3, 11-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.


BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL GAMES WEATHERED OUT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

The Northwestern Oklahoma State baseball and softball teams have been weathered out, due to heavy rain, in their original scheduled games for St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17.

The Ranger baseball doubleheader with Hillsdale Baptist has been cancelled and no make up date has been set. Northwestern’s softball Sooner Athletic Conference doubleheader at Rogers State in Claremore has been postponed until Friday, April 15.

Weather permitting, Northwestern softball will resume action on Wednesday, March 19 when they host Sterling College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The baseball team’s next game is a nine-inning affair at 2 p.m. with No. 6 Oklahoma City University on Thursday, March 20.


CRIMSON STORM COMPLETES SWEEP OVER RANGERS

Angel Hernandez makes a diving catch against Southern Nazarene.

ALVA, Okla. – The Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm’s lucky number was thirteen in the three game series against the Rangers. Northwestern was defeated in Saturday’s doubleheader, 13-2 and 13-5, making it the third game the Rangers allowed 13 runs to SNU. The losses dropped NWOSU to 3-20 overall and to 1-14 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Game one was cut short due to a 10-run run-rule after five innings. SNU tallied 12 hits in the opener and jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two complete.

Northwestern’s only runs came in the first inning, as Clint Dodds doubled to plate Tom Huddleston, who began the inning with a walk. Dodds was later moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Ruben Mora’s double up the middle.

The Rangers were held to five hits, with Mora leading the way with a 2-for-3 outing.

Matt Stratton (1-5) pitched two innings and gave up six hits and nine runs in 16 batters faced. His successors, Josh Bowles and Mark Zadorozny, threw 1.1 and 1.2 innings, respectively. 

In game two, Northwestern scored a run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. That advantage was erased in the top of the third as SNU tacked on three runs. Northwestern answered the call and scored three runs of its own, going back ahead by a score of 5-3.

SNU added another run in the fourth inning and then exploded for seven runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth, holding the Rangers scoreless over the last four innings.

Brandon Walker (1-2) threw well, despite the Rangers committing seven errors, allowing only two earned runs in 4.1 innings. Walker stuck out three batters, walked none and allowed 12 hits in 28 batters. Chance Clodfelter threw two thirds of an inning in relief, before Matt Mahieu ended the game throwing the last two innings.

Ty Burkes and Colby Clodfelter combined for four of the Rangers seven hits. Burkes was 2-for-3 with a runs scored, while Clodfelter, was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored. Kellan Scott, Matt Schuster and Dodds each had a hit a piece.

The Rangers (3-20, 1-14) host Hillsdale Baptist on Monday, March 17 in a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader, before taking on No. 6 Oklahoma City University on Thursday in a single nine inning game at Ranger Field.


RANGERS FALL IN FIRST GAME OF SNU SERIES

Ruben Mora led the Rangers with a 2-for-3 outing and an RBI double against Southern Nazarene.

BETHANY, Okla. – Southern Nazarene got the best of Northwestern on Thursday in Bethany, as the Crimson Storm cut a nine-inning game short due to run-rule, defeating the Rangers 13-1.

The Crimson Storm rapped out 14 hits and recorded all but two of the runs earned on their way to the win.

SNU scored two runs in the first, second and third innings and added three more runs in the fourth, leading 9-0, before Ruben Mora’s double plated Angel Hernandez, for the Rangers only run of the game during the sixth inning. Southern Nazarene went on to add four more runs in the bottom of the sixth and held Northwestern scoreless in the top of the seventh for the win.

The Ranger pitching staff went through four pitchers. Josh Morris was tabbed with the loss as he moved to 0-5 on the season after throwing 1.2 innings. James McMurphy followed with two and a thirds innings of relief, before Dillon Ring and Chance Clodfelter each threw an inning.

Mora led the Rangers offensively, going 2-for-3 and plating the only Ranger run. Sean Nichols, Christopher Glass, Tom Huddleston and Hernandez all had singles in the game.

The Rangers (3-18, 1-12) finish the three game series with Southern Nazarene (20-7, 8-2) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Ranger Field with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.


BASEBALL DROPS TWO TO MOUNT MARTY

Tom Huddleston (right) is ready to fire to the infield as Angel Hernandez (left) is there for back up.

ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team lost a pair of non-conference games to Mount Marty (S.D.) at Ranger Field on Sunday, March 9 by scores of 8-5 and 9-4.

With the Rangers ahead 2-1 after three complete innings in game one, Northwestern was plagued by three errors and four Lancer hits in the top of the fourth, as Mount Marty scored five unearned runs to take a 6-2 lead.

Northwestern responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, to trail 7-4, as Angel Hernandez and Ruben Mora each single in a run.

The Lancers hit a solo run in the sixth inning, as did the Rangers scored a single run in the seventh inning in the eventual 8-5 loss.

NWOSU out hit Mount Marty 8-5, but suffered five defensive blunders.

James McMurphy (0-1) went 3.1 innings on the mound and was charged with no earned runs. Mark Zadorozny followed with just as many innings pitched, before Dillon Ring threw the final out. Only two of the Lancer’s eight runs were earned.

Offensively, three Rangers had multi-hit games. Tom Huddleston and Angel Hernandez each had three hits, as Hernandez doubled and stole a base and Huddleston swiped two bases. Clint Dodds turned in a 2-for-3 performance with two singles.

The second games result was much the same, as Mount Marty had a big inning, scoring four runs in the fourth inning.

Northwestern briefly held a lead, ahead 4-3 after three innings, but the Lancer’s fourth put the Rangers hopes to bed as NWOSU was scoreless in the last four innings.

Colby Clodfelter, Hernandez and Dodds all had two hits each. Mora hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season to score all three runs in the third inning.

Northwestern (3-17, 1-11) will play a three-game set with Southern Nazarene this upcoming week. The Rangers travel to Bethany for a single nine-inning game on Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. before hosting the Crimson Storm on Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.


EAGLES GRAB THREE FROM RANGERS IN EXTRA INNINGS

Tom Huddleston looks to leg out a single.

Edmond, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian used a walk off solo home run with two outs in the eighth inning in the final game of the three-game series to sweep the Rangers. Northwestern fell 10-0 in the opener before dropping the nightcap 8-7.

In the first game of the series on Thursday in Alva, Northwestern fell 10-7 after holding a lead for the majority of the game.

Oklahoma Christian scored two runs in the first inning to jump to an early lead, but the Rangers combated with two runs of there own in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2.

Northwestern had a huge seventh inning, scoring five runs on three hits, taking a 7-2 lead. That lead proved to not be enough as Oklahoma Christian chipped away for a pair of runs in the eight and exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth inning, using five hits. The Rangers were unable to get a runner past second and were victims of the late inning comeback.

Freshman Clint Dodds led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with two doubles as Matt Stratton (1-4) took the loss after eight innings of work.

On Saturday, the Rangers’ bats were asleep in the opener as Oklahoma Christian starter Riley Jones retired the minimum of 15 batters in the five inning run-rule. Ruben Mora’s single up the middle proved to be the only Ranger hit as OC scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second and four more in the fourth on nine hits.

Josh Morris (0-4) was pinned with the loss after not retiring a batter in five batters faced. He was relived by Josh Bowles, who went three innings before giving way to Chance Clodefelter’s inning of work.

Game two was a much different result, as Mora hit a two-run homerun, his fifth of the season, to knot the game up at 2-2 in the top of the second. The Rangers added a run in the third inning and both squads scored a solo run in the fourth inning.

NWOSU extended its lead to 6-3 after 4.5 innings. Colby Clodfelter homered to left field and Richard Burdick scored after a double, to put the Rangers in the lead, 6-3.

The Eagles tied the score at six with one swing of the bat on Jeff Davis’ three-run home run to left.

After an OCU run in the bottom of the sixth, Northwestern wasn’t to be outdone, as Clodfelter singled to left field to start off the seventh inning and later scored on Tom Huddleston’s RBI single to left to knot the game at 7-7.

Northwestern was scoreless in the eighth, despite getting a runner to second base. After pitcher Christopher Glass retired the first two OC batters, the Eagles rightfielder homered to right field for the walk off victory.

Brandon Walker recorded a no decision, while starting and throwing five innings, striking out four. Matt Mahieu relived for a third of an inning, before Glass ended the game throwing the final 2.1 innings and striking out three of 10 batters faced.

Huddleston, Mora and Clodfelter each had two hits as the Rangers were one hit shy of OC’s output of 12 hits.

The Rangers will play Mount Marty (S.D.) on Sunday, March 9 at Ranger Field in a game that was recently added to the schedule. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m.


RANGERS USE RUN RULE TO SPLIT WITH HILLCATS

Senior Christopher Glass forces a Rogers State runner out at second base. Glass was 3-for-6 with his first home run of the season and five RBI's on Saturday at Ranger Field

ALVA, Okla. – After dropping the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with Rogers State, 13-6, Northwestern erupted for 13 hits in the nightcap, including eight for extra bases, as they overtook the Hillcats, 14-4, in a five-inning run rule.

Rogers State jumped out to an early 3-1 lead after an inning of play in the opening game. The Hillcats extended their lead to 10-1 through four and a half innings of play.

Northwestern scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth as Christopher Glass and Angel Hernandez each drove in a run. The Rangers tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning, to trail 10-6 after Ruben Mora hit a towering shot to center field, followed by Richard Burdick’s home run to center field.

Rogers State added three more runs in the top of the seventh and shut down Northwestern in the bottom half of the frame.

Josh Morris (0-3) took the loss after completing 3.2 innings of work. Morris was relieved by James McMurphy for two thirds of an innings before Chance Clodfelter pitched an inning and two thirds. Mark Zadorozny threw the final inning for Northwestern.

The Rangers had seven hits, including a leadoff home run in the first inning from Sean Nichols in addition to Mora and Burdick’s blasts. Mora finished as the only Ranger with a multi-hit game, as he was 2-for-4.

Northwestern crushed the ball in game two, as they had eight extra base hits. Ruben Mora hit his team leading fourth home run of the season, while Christopher Glass, Hernandez and Burdick also had bombs.

Tom Huddleston picked up a double and a triple while going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Hernandez drove in four runs on two hits and scored a run, while Glass was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI’s and three runs scored.

Northwestern’s first three innings were big, scoring five runs in the first inning and four in both the second and third innings.

Brandon Walker cruised through the Hillcats, evening his record to 1-1 on the mound, as he struck out one batter and allowed four runs in the five inning win.

Northwestern (3-12, 1-8) will host Oklahoma Christian in conference action in a 2 p.m. nine-inning game on Thursday, March 6 at Ranger Field. The Rangers and Eagles haven’t meet since the 2001 season.


RANGER BASEBALL DROPS FIRST GAME OF ROGERS STATE SERIES

Colby Clodfelter was 2-for-2 with a double against Rogers State on Thursday.

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Northwestern’s baseball team struggled in the field, committing five errors that led to 10 unearned runs, as the Rangers lost an 11-1 game against Rogers State on Thursday.

Rogers State used two four run innings, the first and the fifth, to grab a commanding lead. Northwestern’s only run came in the top of the seventh, as Ty Burkes singled in Matt Murray, who walked earlier in the inning.

Colby Clodfelter was the only Ranger with multi hits, going 2-for-2 with a double.

Matt Stratton (1-3) pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and not a single earned run. He struck out four and issued two walks. Matt Mahieu threw an inning in relief and allowed one earned run.

Northwestern was out hit 9-6, as the game was called due to a seven inning run-rule.

The Rangers (2-11, 0-7) entertain Rogers State in doubleheader action on Saturday, March 1 beginning at 1 p.m.


RANGER BASEBALL ADDS THREE GAME SERIES
WITH COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team announced today that they will be adding a three game series with College of the Ozarks. The Rangers will travel to Point Lookout, Mo. for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, March 25 and follow with a nine-inning game on Wednesday, March 26 beginning at 1 p.m.

 


CAVALIERS TAKE THREE FROM RANGERS

Freshman catcher Clay Jennings led NWOSU in the St. Gregory's series, hitting .375 with a double and four RBI's.

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern baseball team took St. Gregory’s into extra innings in two of a three-game series, but was unable to come away unscathed, as St. Gregory’s swept all three games. The Rangers took the Cavaliers to 10 innings on Sunday in Alva, resulting in a 7-6 Cavalier win. SGU took the first game of Monday’s doubleheader in Shawnee, 11-1, before going into extra innings and again defeating NWOSU 7-6 in the nightcap.

During Sunday’s nine-inning affair, Northwestern took a 3-1 lead after a three-run third inning, using four Ranger hits. The Rangers extended their advantage to 5-1 after four complete innings, but SGU scored two runs in the fifth, followed by a NWOSU run, with the Rangers still leading 6-3. The Cavaliers pushed across three runs in the seventh, using a solo home run and a two-RBI double to tie the game at 6-6.

Northwestern left a runner on base in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, while neither team could get a runner in during the final three innings.

With one out in the top of the tenth, SGU reached base on a hit by pitch and scored a run on two singles, giving the Cavaliers the edge after Northwestern wasn’t able to get anything going in the bottom half of the frame.

Josh Bowles (1-1) was tagged with the loss, throwing an inning and a third and giving up an earned run, while striking out two. Matt Stratton started and lasted 6.1 innings, striking out seven, before Mark Zadorozy pitched 2.1 innings of relief.

Angel Hernandez, Christopher Glass and Clay Jennings all had two hits in the game. Ruben Mora Colby Clodfelter, Richard Burdick and Matt Schuster turned in one-hit performances. Burdick and Mora both hit doubles.

In game one on Monday, Northwestern’s only run came in the second inning as Clodfelter hit his third homerun of the early season.

The Rangers only mustered three hits, with Mora adding another double and Tom Huddleston coming through with a single.

SGU outhit the Rangers 15-3.

Josh Morris (0-2) was pinned with his second loss of the season after giving up four earned runs in 3.1 innings. James McMurphy was used in relief for the final 1.2 innings and gave up five earned runs and seven hits.

The nightcap was much similar to Sunday’s game, featuring a four-run SGU comeback.

Brandon Walker held the Cavaliers to five runs on five hits over seven innings of work, as the game was tied 3-3.

Northwestern put up a three-spot in the top of the eighth and jumped ahead 6-3, as Jennings drove in a pair of runs on a double and Clodfelter reached base on a bunt single and later scored on a balk.

St. Gregory’s struck back in the bottom half of the inning using four hits to score four runs and complete the sweep.

Clodfelter led NWOSU with a 2-for-4 outing, including his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. Hernandez drove in two of the Rangers’ five runs batted in during the third inning on a double. Sean Nichols, Jennings and Huddleston all had singles.

The loss went to Christopher Glass (0-1), as he pitched a third of an inning.

Northwestern (2-8, 0-6) heads east for its next four games, as the Rangers play Bacone on Wednesday, Feb. 27 before heading to Claremore to meet Rogers State on Thursday, Feb. 28.


RANGER BASEBALL PUSHED BACK UNTIL SUNDAY

Northwestern’s nine-inning baseball game with St. Gregory’s, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. in Alva on Thursday, Feb. 21, has been pushed back until SUnday, Feb. 24 due to the threat of inclement weather. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

The Rangers’ next game will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Shawnee against St. Gregory’s on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 

 


NORTHWESTERN DROPS PAIR TO OBU IN SLUGFEST

Third baseman Colby Clodfelter hit two home runs and was 3-for-5 with five runs batted in during the OBU doubleheader.

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern and Oklahoma Baptist combined for 63 runs, 48 hits, 13 home runs and 26 extra base hits as the Rangers ended up on the short end of a doubleheader, falling 20-7 and 28-8 on Tuesday at Ranger Field.

With Northwestern ahead in the opener, 6-4, through three innings, Oklahoma Baptist (12-1, 3-0) took an 8-4 lead in the fourth. The Bison exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning to force the run-rule.

The Rangers had 10 hits in the game, five less then OBU. Kellan Scott and Tom Huddleston turned in 2-for-3 performances, with Scott scoring two of the Rangers’ runs and hitting a double. Ruben Mora and Colby Coldfelter both had three run homers.

Josh Morris dropped to 0-1 on the season after starting and taking the game four innings. He was relieved by James McMurphy for two thirds of on inning, before Josh Bowles took over to finish the final third of an inning.

The Bison continued their dominance at the plate in game two, grabbing 16 hits and five more home runs. Oklahoma Baptist had two big innings, scoring 10 runs in the second and 12 in the fifth.

Northwestern jumped out to a 5-0 lead on four hits in the first inning, but the Bison’s 10-spot in the second erased the Rangers’ advantage.

Clodfelter homered again in game two, drove in a pair of runs and scored two runs, while Angel Hernandez, Richard Burdick and Huddleston all doubled.

On the mound, Matt Stratton (1-2) threw an inning and a third before giving way to relievers Brandon Walker, James Bailey, Dillon Ring and Christopher Glass.

The Rangers (2-5, 0-3) will meet St. Gregory’s (2-6, 0-3) in a single nine-inning game on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. on Ranger Field.


NORTHWESTERN – OKLAHOMA BAPTIST DOUBLEHEADER RESCHEDULED

Due to possible harsh weather conditions over the weekend, the Northwestern baseball doubleheader with Oklahoma Baptist University, originally schedule for Saturday, Feb. 16, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at Ranger Field in Alva.

 

 

 


RANGERS FALL IN SAC OPENER OVER BISON

Shortstop Sean Nichols was 2-for-4 with a run scored against Oklahoma Baptist

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team was defeated 13-3 by Oklahoma Baptist in an eight inning run-rule on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Shawnee during their Sooner Athletic Conference opener. With the loss, Northwestern is now 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the SAC.

The Rangers struck first with a run in the first inning as leadoff Angel Hernandez reached base on a wild pitch. Hernandez was moved to third on a Tom Huddleston groundout and later scored on a passed ball.

Oklahoma Baptist hung four runs on the Rangers in the second inning on four hits.

Northwestern was silent over the next five innings, but scored a single run in the seventh and eighth innings. OBU took an 8-2 lead into the eighth inning and the game was ended due to the run-rule, after the Bison plated five runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Christopher Glass and Sean Nichols led the Rangers with 2-for-4 outings. Clay Jennings had the only extra base hit for NWOSU with a triple and had a run batted in along with Glass.

The loss went to Matt Stratton (1-1) who threw five complete innings. He allowed seven hits and five earned runs while striking out four. Josh Bowles and Matt Mahieu each threw an inning in relief before Mark Zadorozny threw two thirds of an inning.

OBU starter Adam Garner threw seven innings, allowing no earned runs and four hits. The Bison’s had four home runs and 15 hits on the afternoon.

Northwestern (2-3, 0-1) will host Oklahoma Baptist (10-1, 1-0) in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Ranger Field in Alva on Saturday, Feb. 16.


RANGER BASEBALL DROPS TWO TO BACONE

Christopher Glass had four of the Rangers 12 hits against Bacone.

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State couldn’t get over the hump on Sunday, dropping a doubleheader to Bacone College. The Rangers fell 16-4 in the opener and 10-5 in game two.

Game one featured 15 hits from Bacone and seven Ranger miscues. Northwestern got two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Brandon Walker was pinned with the loss as he gave up two earned runs in 4.1 innings of work.

Three Rangers were responsible for all the hits, with Tom Huddleston, Christopher Glass and Richard Burdick all having two hits each.

Bacone pulled away to a 5-0 lead after two and a half innings in game two.

Northwestern responded with a four run third inning, on four hits, to pull within a run.

The Warriors tacked on five runs in the top of the fifth inning, with NWOSU pushing across a solo run in the fifth.

After both teams were scoreless in the sixth inning the game was forced to be called due to darkness.

The Rangers had six hits in the game, just one less than Bacone’s seven. Northwestern’s fielding didn’t hold up, as five errors were committed.

Mark Zadorozny took the loss in his first outing of the season after throwing 4.2 innings and allowed seven runs. Matt Mahieu shut down the Warriors for an inning and a third in relief.

Glass pounded out two more hits in the nightcap as four other Rangers had a hit each.

The Rangers (2-2) begin Sooner Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Feb. 14 with a single nine-inning game against Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.


MORA’S BLAST GIVES RANGERS SWEEP AGAINST STERLING

Ruben Mora lifted the Rangers to a doubleheader sweep over Sterling with a walk-off home run.

ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team got off to a 2-0 record during opening weekend, as designated hitter Ruben Mora blasted a walk-off solo home run in the second game against Sterling College (Kan.). Northwestern defeated the Warriors 6-3 in the opener before sneaking by, 7-6, in the nightcap.

Northwestern used two unearned runs in the first inning and a RBI single from Angel Hernandez to jump to a 3-1 lead in the opening game. The Rangers added a pair of runs in the fourth inning as Hernandez scored a run on a triple and later scored a run of his own on a wild pitch.

The Ranges out hit Sterling 8-5 and were errorless in the first win of the season.

Starter Matt Stratton (1-0) recorded the win and threw four complete innings and allowed three runs while striking out two batters.

Hernandez was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in. Christopher Glass also had a multi-hit game and had hits in both of his at bats along with a run scored. Tom Huddleston, Sean Nichols and Ty Burkes each had a hit.

The Rangers got behind 2-0 in the first inning but came back to score a run in the second and third innings to pull within a run, down 3-2.

Angel Hernandez was 5-for-8 with a double, two triples and three runs batted in against Sterling College in the Rangers opening doubleheader.

Sterling exploded for three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead on two hits. Northwestern answered the Warriors call and pushed across four runs in the bottom half of the frame on five Ranger hits to even the game at 6-6.

Reliever Josh Bowles cruised through the top of the seventh inning, getting two groundouts and a line out to halt any hopes Sterling might have had.

The Warriors closer was greeted by his only hitter faced, as Mora’s big blast on the third pitch of his at bat was deposited well over the right center field fence to give the Rangers the 7-6 victory.

Mora and Hernandez finished 2-for-4 for the game, while five other Rangers had hits. Mora scored a run and had two RBI’s and Hernandez scored twice along with an RBI triple.

Bowles (1-0) was awarded the win after giving way to starter James McMurphy, who threw 3.1 innings and allowed three runs. Bowles allowed just one earned run, two hits and struck out two batters in 3.2 innings of work.

The Northwestern baseball team (2-0) will host Bacone College on Sunday, Feb. 10 for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.


GOVERNOR HENRY PROCLAIMS OCTOBER 27 AS MIKE HARGROVE DAY

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 27 as Mike Hargrove Day in Oklahoma.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will retire the baseball number of the former major league player and manager that day at ceremonies during halftime of the school’s football game with Bacone College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Ranger Field.

Hargrove’s number 30 will be the first number ever retired in the 110-year history of Northwestern.

Rep. Jeff Hickman will present the proclamation to Hargrove on behalf of the people of Oklahoma during the ceremony.

Hargrove earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football at Northwestern and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

Following his graduation in 1972, Hargrove was drafted by the Texas Rangers and made his major league debut on April 7, 1974. He was voted American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and The Sporting News after hitting .323 with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 56 RBI. Hargrove was named to the American League All-Star Team in 1975.

In addition to the Texas Rangers, Hargrove played for the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Indians. He finished his playing career with the Indians, retiring after the 1985 season.

Hargrove spent 17 seasons as a major league manager with the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.

From 1991 to 1999, Hargrove managed the Cleveland Indians. His teams won five consecutive American League Central Division titles from 1995 to 1999, and captured American League championships in 1995 and 1997.

He was named the American League Manager of the Year in 1993 by USA Today and won the same honor by The Sporting News in 1995.


NORTHWESTERN TO RETIRE NUMBER OF BASEBALL GREAT MIKE HARGROVE

Mike Hargrove will have his Ranger baseball jersey retired on October 27 at Ranger Field.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will retire the baseball number of former major league player and manager Mike Hargrove at ceremonies in Alva on Oct. 27.

Hargrove’s number 30 will be the first number ever retired in the 110-year history of Northwestern.

“Mike Hargrove has enjoyed great success at every level of competition,” said Bob Battisti, director of athletics at Northwestern. “This is an honor he most certainly deserves and we are pleased that he will come back to Alva for this special day.”

Hargrove’s number will be retired during halftime of Northwestern’s football game with Bacone College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Ranger Field.

Hargrove’s wife, Sharon, is a 1973 graduate of Northwestern.

He graduated in 1972, where he earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and enshrined in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, also in 1993.

Hargrove was drafted in 1972 by the Texas Rangers and made his major league debut on April 7, 1974. He was voted American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and The Sporting News after hitting .323 with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 56 RBI. Hargrove was named to the American League All-Star Team in 1975.

In addition to the Texas Rangers, Hargrove played for the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Indians. He finished his playing career with the Indians, retiring after the 1985 season.

Hargrove spent 17 seasons as a major league manager with the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.

From 1991 to 1999, Hargrove managed the Cleveland Indians. His teams won five consecutive American League Central Division titles from 1995 to 1999, and captured American League championships in 1995 and 1997.

He was named the American League Manager of the Year in 1993 by USA Today and won the same honor by The Sporting News in 1995.

He was named the Triple A Manager of the Year in 1989 during his one season with Colorado Springs.

Hargrove resides in Richfield, Ohio with his wife Sharon, also a Northwestern graduate. They have five children: Kimberly, Melissa, Pamela, Andrew and Shelly. Mike and Sharon both graduated from Perryton (Texas) High School.


TODD AND MARY MARGARET MILLER PROVIDE $300,000 GIFT
TO NORTHWESTERN’S VISION FOR VICTORY EFFORT

Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Mary Margaret Miller, Todd Miller and Bob Battisti, athletic director, display the plans for a new permanent seating area and dugouts at the university’s baseball stadium. A gift of $300,000 from the Millers will fund the project as part of Northwestern’s Vision for Victory campaign.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Vision for Victory campaign for athletics received its first major gift from private individuals as Todd and Mary Margaret Miller of Alva provided a gift of $300,000 to fund a major renovation of the University’s baseball stadium.

The gift will create a new permanent seating area named in honor of Mary Margaret’s parents, W.D. Jr., and Lillie Myers. In addition to the seating area, the gift will construct new dugouts and create significantly more aesthetically pleasing areas surrounding the field.

The structure will feature the use of brick, concrete and iron work that is prominent in many of today’s major league ballparks.

“I wanted to do something in memory of my parents,” said Mary Margaret. “From the moment we saw the University’s vision for the athletic complex, we knew this was what we wanted to be involved in.”

Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern, praised the Millers for becoming the first private individuals to step forward with a major gift in the Vision for Victory campaign.

“With this gift, Mary Margaret and Todd have stepped forward and taken the lead in supporting our vision and established a new standard in private giving to athletics,” said Cunningham. “I thank them for their generosity and applaud them for their leadership.”

The Millers hoped their gift would inspire others to invest in Northwestern’s athletic campaign.

“I hope we can serve as an example for others to give,” Mary Margaret said. “It’s time for people to get involved and become part of the solution. The University has an opportunity to do something really special.”

Mary Margaret graduated from Northwestern in 1986 and today serves as chairman of the board of Hopeton State Bank and as a director of the Central National Bank of Alva. Todd attended Northwestern in the early 1990s and is a part of the ownership group of KALV-AM in Alva and one of the most recognized voices in northwest Oklahoma.

The two have shared a love for Northwestern athletics as fans, with Todd taking his involvement a step further as the radio voice of the Rangers on KALV since 1990. While their interest encompasses all sports, their passion is baseball.

“I started going to major league games when they built The Ballpark in Arlington in the late 1990s,” said Mary Margaret. “When I started going down there I fell in love with the game.”

Todd’s love for the game began as soon as he picked up a ball and bat when he was eight years old.

“I’ve always loved the game since the first summer I played,” he said. “I guess I love it because you don’t have to be very big and you don’t have to be very fast to play. That was me.”

Since their marriage in 2003, the Millers spend much of their springs and summers traveling to baseball games around the country. They have seen games involving all but three of the 30 major league teams and the two have a goal to visit every big league ballpark.

It was the traveling to baseball games and Northwestern athletic events that led the Millers to believe that they wanted to help the school improve its athletic facilities.

“For 18 years I have traveled covering games and seen first-hand how important it is to have great facilities to not only compete in intercollegiate athletics, but to compete for students as well,” Todd said. “You only get one chance to make a first impression on a student.”

Mary Margaret’s grandfather, W.D. Myers, became involved in Alva’s financial community in 1919 when he purchased a large interest in what was to become Central National Bank of Alva. He became president of the bank and led it until his death in 1951.

His son, W.D. Myers, Jr., continued the family legacy in the banking business by purchasing a majority interest in the Hopeton State Bank. Following the death of his father in 1951, he became president of Central National Bank of Alva.

Lillie Myers also was involved in the banking business, serving as a director on the boards of Hopeton State Bank and the Central National Bank of Alva.

Lillie Myers passed away in 1979, followed by W.D. in 1987.

Northwestern’s Vision for Victory includes $4 million in new construction at its football and baseball stadiums. The $300,000 gift from the Millers follows a $1.5 million lead gift from the Charles Morton Share Trust which will be used to help construct a new football locker room and associated weight training, sports medicine and team facilities.