NWOSU earns opening day win over Rogers State

ALVA – Northwestern Oklahoma State baseball returned to action Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Rogers State.

NWOSU’s Scott Creedon received the opening day nod. Creedon scattered four hits over five innings, allowing one earned run. Ethan Swanson tossed three scoreless innings in relief.

Northwestern jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. After Creedon retired the Hillcats in order, Yugo Hamakawa got the Ranger offense started with a double right out of the gate. Marques Paige drove him in with an RBI double of his own for the first Ranger run of the season for a 1-0 lead.

Rogers State did not waste any time getting the run back as Brandon Bradshaw hit a home run to right field, evening the score in the top of the second frame.

NWOSU regained the lead in the third, as Jose Rublacava led the inning off with a single, followed by a Dylan Norsen double. With runners on second and third, the Rangers would take the lead as Rubalcava scored on a wild pitch. 

The fourth inning would go the same way after a leadoff walk for Parker Base, Rubalcava, would deliver again, this time stroking an RBI-double to center, scoring Base giving the Rangers the 3-1 lead. 

The game would remain 3-1 until the bottom half of the seventh inning when the Rangers offense struck again. After back-to-back singles from Dashcal Johnson and Paige, Lonadier came in to pinch-hit. He would drive in the fourth run on a sacrifice bunt scoring Johnson. Crone would then hit in the Rangers’ final run with a single to center field scoring Paige. 

Swanson replaced Creedon in the sixth by throwing three scoreless innings. After allowing a couple base runners in the sixth, the Alva native would retire the next six batter faced. Swanson completed his afternoon in the eighth inning with a 1-2-3 top half of the frame with the Rangers still in front 5-1. 

The Hillcats would get one run back in the ninth inning from a Davis RBI double scoring Nelson to make the game 5-2.

NWOSU moved to 1-0 on the season, while Rogers State drops to 0-1 to start the 2021 campaign.

The Rangers will conclude the series with a doubleheader Monday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. with the second to follow.