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DWU baseball team earns fourth seed in GPAC tourney

SIOUX CITY, Iowa--The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team split with Morningside College on Sunday and earned the No. 4 seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament. The Tigers lost game one 5-4, but came back for a 6-1 victory in...

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa-The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team split with Morningside College on Sunday and earned the No. 4 seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament. The Tigers lost game one 5-4, but came back for a 6-1 victory in the second game.

The victory gave coach John Greicar his 100th career win as the head coach of the DWU baseball team.

The Tigers will now play No. 5 Mount Marty College at 3 p.m. Thursday in Seward, Nebraska, in the opening round of the GPAC Tournament.

In Sunday's Game 2, JT Miller and Joseph Hanisch opened the scoring with two straight RBI singles. Mitchell's Landon Neugebauer reached base on a fielding error later in the inning that led to a DWU score, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

Morningside collected its' lone run of the game in the fifth frame following an RBI single to left field. Hanisch gave the Tigers an insurance run in the sixth inning with an RBI single to right field. DeMers and Kyle Bailey tallied an RBI each as the Tigers went on to win the second game, 6-1.

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Hanisch finished the game going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. DeMers, Bailey and Miller each went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Gavin Reichmuth picked up the win on the mound as he pitched eight innings and struck out three batters.

In Game 1, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead after the first inning and tacked one two more in the third inning for a 4-3 advantage. Bailey doubled down left field, bringing Reed Harter home for the score. One batter later, Miller reached on a fielder's choice, while Chandler Bakley scored off a Mustang error.

Morningside, however, regained the lead with a two-run fourth inning with two runs coming home after a Tiger error. This proved to be too much as the Mustangs took the opening game, 5-4.

DeMers went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, as Miller tallied a run batted in and Bailey finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Gunnar Johnson pitched six innings and struck out three batters.

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