The brooms were out Saturday as Northwood completed a three-game sweep of cross-town rival Texas Wesleyan University with an impressive 11-5 win.
The game was played at the majestic Rangers Ballpark in Arlington before a sun-splashed crowd estimated at approximately 1,000.
The Knights fell behind early, trailing 5-2 after six innings. However, they broke through for six runs in the seventh and pushed across three more in the ninth while holding the Rams scoreless for the final three frames.
Keaton Parsell, who pitched three innings, got the win.
Clayton Woodruff threw two scoreless innings and Colton Reavis shut down the Rams in the ninth. The Northwood offensive attack was led by Adam Humes, with three hits and Bryan Kinard, who had two.
Estevan Hernandez and Isaac Maturino each tripled for the Knights. In the series’ first two games, Northwood won Thursday’s opener at home 10-5. Northwood then won the second game, played Friday at LaGrave Field in Ft. Worth, 5-3.
Northwood has a season team batting average of .318, while its pitching staff has held opponents to a .248 average.
“We are staying focused and playing well,” head coach Jeremy Kennedy said after watching his team sweep Texas Wesleyan. “But we have to keep taking care of business. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier. We just have to keep taking it one series at a time and not take anything for granted.”
Kennedy noted that playing Saturday’s game on the home field of the big league Texas Rangers “created a lot of lasting memories for all the kids, on both teams.”
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to play TWU at Rangers Ballpark again next year,” he added. “There’s not a better place in the world to play, or watch, a baseball game.”
The victory moves the Knights to 11-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 21-6 for the year.
Northwood remains tied with Bacone College atop the RRAC, and will face visiting conference foe Wiley College this weekend.
First pitch for Friday’s game will be at 2 p.m. A Saturday double header is scheduled to start at noon.