Ram baseball sweeps Northwood

20 Apr

Eliana Mijangos

emmijangos@mail.txwes.edu

The Ram baseball team won 2-1 in a series against their Red River Athletic Conference rivals and the nation’s No. 10 offensive team Northwood University.

They took a 12-10 win April 8 and a 3-0 loss the following day. In game three of the series, the Rams slid away with a 2-1 win.

The Rams came out strong in game one as Christian So­beranes, junior short stop, and Stephen Niedwiecki, ju­nior first base, both stepped up to bat RBI singles in the first inning.

Chris Arocha, junior first base, came back from miss­ing 24 games due to injury to hit a two-run homer on his first round at bat.

Northwood cut the lead at the bottom of the first, bringing the score to 4-2 with Wesleyan.

Arocha continued his run with a single hit at his second at bat. Jason Holmes, senior first and third base, trailed behind him at the bottom of the fourth to load all bases. The Rams couldn’t translate any points.

By the bottom of the sixth, Northwood turned on the offensive heat as the nation’s leading home run hitter, Johnny Aldaz, stepped up to hit a double on Nolan Barbee, sophomore pitcher.

Nolan Barbee, sopho­more pitcher, stepped up to Northwood’s Nico Taylor, the nation’s leader in hits with 69 and the nation’s No. 4 for doubles with 18. Bar­bee pickeded up the win with three runs, 1 hit and  1walk in game two, Northwood took the 3-0 win.

Northwood capitalized on Ram errors as they got two runs in the first inning. In the second inning, Justin Snider, catcher and third base, hit a single to load all bases, but the Rams couldn’t translate for a run as North­wood’s short stop caught a pop-upfly,and their pitcher fol­lowed with a strike out.

In the fifth inning, North­wood had runners in the corners as Aldaz stepped up to bat. Colton Farrar, junior pitcher, stopped any hope of a run scored as he picked off Taylor at first.

Eric Epperson, senior out­fielder, had two of Wesleyan’s six hits in the loss.

The Rams went on to win game three 2-1 as Drew Cav­ender, senior pitcher, collected the win.

“We’ve had this potential in us since the beginning of the season,” said Dereck Vaughn, sophomore pitcher. “We played as a team this weekend and showed ev­eryone what we are capable of when we truly come to­gether.”

The Ram’s next appearance will be against the University of Houston-Victoria at 4 p.m. April 16 at La Grave Field.

“We have to play like a team that has something to prove the rest of the con­ference,” Jacob Lyons, soph­omore pitcher, said. “I think we did that this weekend by winning the series.”

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