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Mr. 200: Mark Carson Hits Milestone Win in Millington

February 21, 2013

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Head baseball coach Mark Carson became the third coach in program history to hit 200 career wins on Tuesday, Feb. 19, earning an 8-3 victory in game one against Southwest Tennessee before dropping the nightcap 7-6 in extra innings.

Northwest improved to 3-1 with the split while Southwest Tennessee moved to 5-10 overall.

Domenick Carlini was the star in Carson's historic win, tossing 12 strikeouts against just two walks in his collegiate debut to earn the victory.

Northwest gave Carlini a three-run cushion when he first took the mound thanks to a throwing error and back-to-back doubles by Taylor King and Jordan Barnes.

After Southwest pulled within 3-2 in the bottom half of the first, Northwest added three more runs in the third to retake the lead for good at 6-3.

The Rangers took advantage of two infield errors in the third inning and used RBIs from T. King, Barnes and J.D. Tackett on a sac fly.

Carlini then continued to cruise on the mound, retiring 11 batters in order at one point, before making way for Ryan Seawright and Tyler Scholl to close out the 8-3 win.   

Northwest had 10 hits in the game, with Barnes providing the big stick at the plate by going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. He was followed by two hits apiece from Kramer Hollenbach and T. King.

The nightcap was one of the wackiest games played in a long time and ended on the last of nine combined errors in the game – unfortunately by Northwest.

Southwest chased starting pitcher Tanner Cable after just two innings in his collegiate debut and took a 4-1 lead after three innings in a scheduled 7-inning game.

Northwest slowly clawed back in the game with single runs in the fifth and sixth to pull within a run at 4-3.

After five relief pitchers kept Southwest scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth to keep the game in check, Northwest pieced together a three-run seventh inning and led 6-4.

The Rangers used back-to-back singles to leadoff the inning, followed by a sac bunt from Dylan Castoria, before Hollenbach delivered the game-tying RBI-single. Chase Clark then reached on a fielder's choice to again load the bases until two errors on the same play allowed Barnes and James Lear to score.

Southwest, however, wouldn't go away in its half of the seventh. The Saluqis used a walk, hit-by-pitch and another walk to load the bases with just one out, before a fielder's choice and Ty Michelotti RBI-single knotted the game at 6-6 to force extras.

The Saluqis, after holding Northwest scoreless in the eighth, found the game-winning run on a two-out error all the way from first.

Northwest out-hit Southwest 12-6 in the game but committed five errors that proved to be the difference.   

The Rangers return home Saturday, Feb. 23, playing host to Rend Lake at 3 p.m.

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