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Jamestown sweeps nonconference doubleheader over DWU

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team lost a pair of nonconference games to the University of Jamestown (RV) Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

The Tigers (16-16) gave up three late runs in a 5-2 loss in the opening game of the doubleheader, before errors by DWU in the second game lead to a 7-3 win for the Jimmies.

“When you play good teams they will make you pay,” DWU coach Steve Gust said. “That’s why I like playing the good teams. They show you what you need to do better.”

After a Tiger error in the seventh inning of the first game with the score tied 2-2, a triple by Jamestown’s Nolan Showronek gave the Jimmies (20-5) the lead for good.

Ben Ladner and Neil Nagle each had two hits in game one, with Nagle driving in both Tiger runs. Ben Spitznagel and Dylan Oberembt each added a hit for the Tigers in the first game.

Patrick Whetham got the start onthe mound in the first game for DWU. He went five innings, allowing two earned runs and struck out two.

“I thought we pitched it OK, especially in the first game,” Gust said. “We made some little mistakes that we can sure up.”

In the second game, the Jimmies jumped out to a 4-0 lead with two runs each in the second and third inning; After the Tigers got one back in the third inning, Jamestown scored three more in the fourth to pull away.  Landon Uetz had three hits to lead the Jimmies’ offense.

The Tigers were held to five hits in the second game, with Cole Wenande going 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. DWU used five pitchers in the loss started by Shaun Dean, who went 2 and 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and three earned runs.

The Tigers return to Great Plains Athletic Conference action against Doane College for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cadwell Park. No. 16 Doane will be the fourth straight ranked opponent for the Tigers. Elliot Engle is expected to start in game one for Doane and Gust said he is the best pitcher in the GPAC and perhaps the nation.

“From what I’ve heard, he (Engle) hasn’t allowed an earned run since January,” Gust said.