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DWU baseball team goes 1-3 over weekend

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team went 1-3 over the weekend in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.

The Tigers (15-11, 1-3 GPAC) split with Nebraska Wesleyan University Saturday and was swept by Concordia Sunday. In the first doubleheader of the weekend, the Tigers won 9-3 in the first game but dropped the second 4-3. Sunday, DWU lost 14-13 in the opener and 10-8 in the finale.

In GPAC doubleheaders this season, the first game is seven innings and the second is nine.

Kyle Larson was DWU’s lone pitcher to earn a win on the weekend, throwing six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out two. Wes Snyder took the loss in the second game for the Tigers, giving up the final run in the bottom of the seventh.

Jared Neilan went 4-for-8 with two RBIs Saturday, and DWU recorded 21 hits in the doubleheader.

In the first game of Sunday’s pair of games, Concordia’s Cam Gause hit a two-run walk-off run with one out in the bottom of the seventh. After building a 13-5 lead after five innings, the Tigers gave up nine runs in the final two innings. Shaun Dean took the loss for DWU.

In the weekend finale, DWU again started strong early but gave up runs late in the game and fell 10-8. Dustin Steckler took the loss for the Tigers. Ben Ladner went had four hits with five RBIs against Concordia, while Ben Spitznagel had four hits with three RBIs.

“When you score 23 runs, you expect to get two wins,” DWU head coach Steve Gust said, “and we didn’t get any. Our pitching let us down. Everything starts with pitching and we’re better than what we showed.”

Today’s contest against Gustavus Adolphus College is canceled. The Tigers are back in action Tuesday when they host Mayville State University at 1 p.m. at Cadwell Park.