April 12, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas – Northwood won the first two of three games against Bacone College on the Warrior’s Miskogee, OK home field last weekend, returning to Dallas in sole possession of first place in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The Knights, currently ranked fourth in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, have two conference series remaining. This weekend (4/12 & 4/13) Northwood will host Huston-Tillotson. The following weekend they travel to Hawkins, TX to take on Jarvis Christian College.
The RRAC tournament, hosted by LSU Shreveport, gets underway April 27th. “We played well at Bacone,” Kennedy said, adding that he felt his team’s “best baseball is ahead of us.” On the season the Knights are 32-8.
In the first game of the Bacone series, the teams were tied at 2 until Northwood scored two runs in the seventh. The lead held up as the Knights prevailed, 4-2. Starter Roman Gomez went 5 and one-third innings before being relieved by Keaton Parsell and Clayton Woodruff. Parsell was credited with the win. Colton Reavis picked up the save.
In the first game of a Saturday twin-bill, Northwood cruised to an 8-1 win behind the pitching of Jason Gareri. Gareri relieved starter Cody Gray, who had to leave the game after getting two outs in the third inning. Gray suffered shoulder discomfort and was scheduled to visit the team physician when the team returned to Dallas. Logan Brumley went 2 for 3 and scored two runs.
Bacone finally managed a win in the final game of the series, edging the Knights 4-2 thanks to a three-run homer by shortstop Tony Mendez. Southpaw Cody Faulkner was pulled after getting one out in the third inning, with Andres Caraveo, Keaton Parselll and Clayton Woodruff finishing up. Isaac Maturino homered for the Knights.
In the RRAC standings, Bacone is followed by Texas Wesleyan University, which has won its last 12 games in a row to reach a 15-6 RRAC mark. LSU Shreveport is in fourth place with a RRAC record of 13-8.