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DWU baseball team swept by Northwestern

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. — The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team was swept by Northwestern College in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader Monday.

The Tigers (16-14, 2-6 GPAC) fell 5-2 and 3-1 to the Red Raiders, who are receiving votes in the national polls.

Both teams recorded five hits in the opening game and four in the second, but errors were costly for DWU. The Tigers had two errors in the first game and six in the second.

“We weren’t very good offensively or defensively, which is too bad because our pitchers threw well,” DWU head coach Steve Gust said.

The Tigers’ top hitter Monday was catcher Ben Ladner with three hits and one RBI.

DWU was led on the mound in the first game by Chris Housley, who gave up three earned runs on five hits and struck out one in six innings. In the second game, Kevin Hatcher and Joey Fitzgerald both threw for DWU. Hatcher gave up three runs on three hits and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings, while Fitzgerald gave up one hit and struck out two in 3 2/3 innings.

The Tigers’ last two opponents — Northwestern and Midland University — are both receiving votes and DWU faces two more top teams this week. The Tigers host the University of Jamestown, which is also receiving votes, Wednesday and the GPAC’s top-ranked and No. 19 Doane College Saturday.

“We’re in a tough stretch of games, where if we compete and do the little things correctly, we have a chance to win,” Gust said. “We need to compete with these teams and we’re capable of doing that. But any little mistakes and these teams jump on that.”

Wednesday’s nonconference doubleheader against Jamestown begins at 4 p.m. at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.