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Tiger baseball falls to Red Raiders

Dakota Wesleyan University's Aric Arends catches the ball as Northwestern College's Christian Stekl safely reaches first base on Saturday at Drake Field. (Ryan Deal / Republic)1 / 2
Dakota Wesleyan University's Jonathan Shani slides into home plate as Northwestern College's Zachary Rosson catches the ball on Saturday at Drake Field. Shani was out on the play. (Ryan Deal / Republic)2 / 2

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team lost two games in two different fashions on Saturday.

The Tigers were defeated by Northwestern College 3-2 and 12-1 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference twin bill at Drake Field. DWU falls to 10-21 overall and 6-12 in the GPAC.

In Game 1, DWU squandered away a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning as the Red Raiders scored two runs on a crucial throwing error from shortstop Landon Neugebauer.

With two outs and runners at third and second base, Dustin Gaither hit a ground ball and safely reached first on the fielding error, which also scored two Red Raider runs. In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers went down in order to end the game.

In the fifth inning, DWU's Joe Hanisch blasted a solo home run over the right-field fence to knot the score at 1-1. In the sixth, Jonathan Shani put the Tigers ahead with an RBI single that plated Wes Anderson from third base.

Hanisch finished the game going 1-for-3, while Shani went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. DWU's Gunnar Johnson was tagged with the loss, pitching six innings, striking out seven batters and only allowing two hits.

Northwestern College's Mitchell Kresnik earned the victory, striking out nine batters, scattering five hits and allowing two earned runs in six innings.

In Game 2, DWU gave up three runs in the first inning, five in the second and trailed 8-0 after two innings. In the third inning, Anderson cracked a solo home run to left field for DWU's lone run. However, the Red Raiders responded with three more runs in the fourth inning.

Anderson finished the game 2-for-4, while Reed Harter went 2-for-2. Hunter Christopherson was tabbed with the loss after pitching one and two-third innings and giving up eight runs.

Northwestern's Victor Mena earned the win, striking out seven batters and scattering seven hits in seven innings.

The Tigers play Northwestern College in a 5 p.m. doubleheader today in Orange City, Iowa.

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