ALVA, Okla. — The Fort Hays State University baseball team allowed 16 runs, a new season high, and saw its losing streak stretched to five games in a mid-week game Tuesday at Northwestern Oklahoma State.
A three-run homer in the bottom of the first and a pair of RBI singles helped the Rangers out to a 7-0 lead through two innings.
Starting pitcher Alex Ruxlow departed after 1.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits.
The Tigers got back into the game with a four-run top of the third. Dalton Pomeroy belted a three-run homer before a Cody Starkel sacrifice fly made it 7-4.
FHSU closed within two on a Ranger error in the fifth.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, NWOSU reopened a comfortable lead behind a six-spot in the the bottom of the fifth. A triple, two doubles and an error made it 11-5 before FHSU reliever Easton Palmer made way for Justin Hersch.
A pair of wild pitches plated another Ranger run before Hersch was replaced by Austin Liverant. The third FHSU pitched gave up a run scoring single before moving on to the sixth with FHSU down 13-5.
RBI singles from Nick Hammeke and Jake Lanferman made it 13-7 in the seventh.
NWOSU capped the scoring in the same fashion it opened it, a Pat Delano three-run homer.
The Rangers out-hit the Tigers 16-14.
Hammeke finished with four hits and an RBI, while Lanferman hit safely three times and plated three runs.
The Tigers return to action with a weekend series at Central Oklahoma.