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GPAC baseball roundup: Midland undefeated on Day 1

Midland University scored three runs in the first inning, two runs in the fourth inning and two runs in the ninth inning en route to beating Mount Marty College 7-4 Thursday at the Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball tournament in Mitchell.

Midland (39-16) plays Dakota Wesleyan University at 9 a.m. today at Cadwell Park. The two are the only teams that went 2-0 on the first day of the tournament. Mount Marty (24-22) plays Morningside College at 12:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.

Midland was led by Jon Needels, Jordyn Van Atta and Vinnie Orsi, who each had two hits. Van Atta also had two RBIs, while Needels and Orsi each had one. The Lancers were led by Nik Davis, who was 2-for-4.

Tyler Brungardt got the win for Midland. He went 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits. Brandon Nickolite was handed the loss for the Lancers. He threw three innings, allowing three runs on four hits.

Northwestern 1, Hastings 0

Northwestern’s Ryan Brasser outdueled Hastings’ Christian Schneider Thursday evening at the Great Plains Athletic baseball tournament to help Northwestern win 1-0.

Brasser threw all nine innings, striking out five and allowing four hits. Schneider also pitched nine innings, allowing one run on four hits and walking five in the loss.

Northwestern got its lone run in the fourth inning on an RBI single to rightfield by first baseman Skyler Wheeler, which scored Mitch Peschon.

Northwestern (39-10) plays Briar Cliff today at 11 a.m. today at Drake Field in Mitchell. With the loss, Hastings was eliminated and ends its season 13-27.

Morningside 8, Doane 7

Top-ranked Doane College was eliminated from the GPAC tournament Thursday evening after an 8-7 lost to Morningside. Morningside jumped out to an 8-3 lead and withstood a four-run rally over the last two innings.

Morningside was led by Cole Chapin, Adam Smith and Nolan Hoff, who each recorded two hits. Doane (42-9) was led by Ethan Schroeder, who went 4-for-5, while Nick Studer was 1-for-3 with three RBIs for the Tigers.

Derek Appley got the win for Morningside. He pitched four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and walking five. Nathan Roth got the loss for Doane, throwing 3 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out two.

Morningside (26-24) plays Mount Marty at 12:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.

First-round games

Briar Cliff 3, Doane 1

Top-ranked Doane College committed five errors and was upset by No. 8 seed Briar Cliff University 3-1 in the first round of the GPAC baseball tournament Thursday morning at Cadwell Park.

Matt Boswell led Briar Cliff (16-33) offensively, going 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Dylan Hannah got the win on the mound for the Chargers, diving up one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Doane’s top hitters were Kevin Clausen and Alex Arkfeld. They each went 2-for-4 in the game. Austin Caspersen suffered the loss for Doane, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out five in 8 2/3 innings.

Mount Marty 17, Northwestern 5

No. 7 seed Mount Marty College shot out of the gates with eight runs in the first two innings en route to knocking off No. 2 seed Northwestern College 17-5 in seven innings in the first round of the GPAC baseball tournament Thursday morning at Drake Field.

The Lancers recorded 14 hits and were led by Michael O’Connell, who went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run. Jared Miller also hit a home run in the win. Brandon Nickolite earned the win after giving up one run on five hits in three innings.

Northwestern’s Tyler Stuerman took the loss, giving up 11 runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Four Northwestern players recorded two hits.

Midland 11, Hastings 1

Jake Loftus and Dylan Steyer each hit a home run to help No. 3 seed Midland University defeat No. 6 Hastings College 11-1 in seven innings Thursday in the first round of the GPAC baseball tournament.

Jordyn Van Atta was solid offensively for Midland, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Dillon Cotner got the win on the mound, giving up one run on six hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

Hastings’ A.J. Fruchtl suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Hastings had six total hits in the loss.