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Pitching strong in Tigers’ sweep over Dakota State

WINNER — The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team swept a doubleheader with rival Dakota State University Thursday.

The Tigers beat DSU 9-7 in the first game and 5-2 in the second game. Wesleyan pounded out 11 hits in the opening game and got a three-hit performance from third baseman Sam Schumacher. First baseman Neil Nagle was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Alexandria native and second baseman Cole Wenande was 2-for-4 and shortstop Ben Spitznagel was 2-for-3.

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Dustin Steckler got the win for the Tigers in the first game, after throwing two complete innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out one.

Twelve pitchers toed the mound for Wesleyan Thursday, including starters Chris Housley and Kyle Larson, who each pitched two innings.

“We wanted to get all of our guys some work,” DWU baseball coach Steve Gust said. “Most of our pitchers did an outstanding job. When you can throw all of your pitchers in two games and come out with a win, I think that says a lot about your staff.”

Joey Fitzgerald earned the win in the second game for the Tigers. He threw one inning, giving up no runs on one hit, while walking one. Centerfielder Michael Johnson and left fielder Cody Silveria led the Wesleyan bats with two hits apiece. Silveria also had four RBIs.

“Anytime you can sweep your rival, it is a pretty good feeling,” Gust said.

DWU (12-8) was scheduled for a four-game series with Mount Mercy this weekend, but the games were canceled. The Tigers face Presentation College in a home-opening doubleheader Wednesday at Cadwell Park.