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Wesleyan baseball goes on the road, sweeps Morningside

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Despite being out hit in both of its games Saturday, Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team was able to come away with two wins.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Despite being out hit in both of its games Saturday, Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team was able to come away with two wins.

The Tigers swept Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Morningside 3-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader in Sioux City, Iowa. DWU is now 15-12 overall and 3-1 in league play.

"Those were big wins for us down there," DWU coach, Steve Gust said. "It was dog fight all the way through, but our guys never quit. Last year, they came to our place and took it to us, and they are supposed to be one of the better teams in the GPAC this year, so we are happy to get the wins."

In game one, DWU managed four hits, including a homerun from left fielder Nick Tadlock.

The game was tied at 2 at the end of seven innings to enter extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, the Tigers took the lead on an RBI sacrifice fly by Kirk McBreen, scoring Toby Kaplan.

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DWU pitcher Matt Mundfrom, who pitched ninth inning, came back out in the bottom half of the 10th and got all three Morningside batters to fly out.

The win was Mundfrom's third of the season.

In game two, the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning after Morningside committed four errors.

DWU scored two more runs in the fourth with help from Alexandria native Cole Wenande. The freshman singled home Sam Shumacher for an RBI.

The Tigers' bullpen withstood Morningside rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to preserve the lead.

Nick Pecha came on in relief for Wesleyan, pitched three innings and allowed one run. Chris Housley closed the game by pitching a scoreless seventh.

"Guys are stepping up on the mound that's for sure," Gust said. "Like I have said, if we can get solid defense and good pitching we are hoping to stay in the conference race all the way to the end."

The Tigers are in action next on Wednesday, when they host Mayville (N.D.), State University in a nonconference doubleheader at Drake Field in Mitchell. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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