SIOUX CITY – Northwestern downed Briar Cliff 12-1 and 13-8 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at Bishop Mueller Field.
Mitchell Kresnick checked the Chargers on five hits in a seven-inning complete game effort in the opener, striking out three and walking none. The Red Raiders backed their ace with a 14-hit attack.
Zach Rosson was 3-for-3 with a home run for the Red Raiders, while Christian Stekl had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Matt Martin and Dustin Gaither chipped in two hits apiece.
Sawyer Olson had a double and drove in the only run for Briar Cliff.
The Raiders got the sweep despite two home runs from Arnulfo Gutierrez in the second game for the Chargers (16-17 overall and 5-9 GPAC).
Rosson had another homer in the nightcap as did Michael Callahan and each drove in four runs apiece for Northwestern (15-14 overall and 8-4 GPAC).
DOANE 5-5, MORNINGSIDE 4-0: Nathan Sliva singled home the winning run in the top of the 12th inning, giving Doane a 5-4 victory over Morningside in the first game of a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday at Lewis and Clark Park. The Tigers rode a four-hit shut out from pitcher Justin Niewohner in the nightcap to complete the sweep
Morningside’s Dylan Mersola tied it at 4-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth in the first game.
Doane (19-15, 9-3) outhit the Mustangs (11-16, 5-5) 13-11 in game one. Mersola had two hits and drove in two for Morningside, while Jordan Pierce, Sam Huska and Andrew Kasperbauer added two hits apiece.
Eliot Conover, the fifth of six Mustang hurlers utilized in the first game, took the loss. Conover worked four innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.
In the second game Niewohner, a former Scribner-Snyder prep athlete, struck out just two batters and worked around five walks and four singles to get the win on the hill for the Tigers, who currently lead Northwestern by one game in the GPAC standings
BUENA VISTA 3-2, DUBUQUE 2-4: The Beavers and Spartans split an Iowa Conference baseball doubleheader in games played in Storm Lake, Iowa Saturday.
The Beavers won the opener by plating the eventual winning run in the sixth inning when Porter Sartor's grounder to third was misplayed and Tyler Tennyson scored. BVU had tied things up at 2-2 in the previous inning when Peyton Renning hit a double to drive home Parker Truesdell. Gage Smart pitched into the seventh inning to get the win in Game 1 with Nick Henrichs earning the save tossing the final 2 1/3 frames.
Renning added a two-run home run home run in the nightcap to tie the score at 2-2 in the sixth frame but Dubuque (8-10 overall and 5-2 IIAC) forced extra innings and eventually got the go ahead run in the 11th inning on an RBI double by Tyler Lewan. Devin Wagenman and Bryce Rheault had two his apiece in the second game for the Beavers (11-12 overall and 7-3 IIAC).
ST. CLOUD STATE 4-12, WAYNE STATE 1-4: St. Cloud State posted a pair of Northern Sun Conference baseball wins over Wayne State, 4-1 and 12-4 Saturday in Wayne, Nebraska.
Shannon Ahern limited the Wildcats to four hits in the opener and Wayne State scored its only run on a throwing error in the first inning. David Janes had two of the four Wildcat hits. Hunter Wienhoff suffered the pitching loss in a complete game effort, giving up six hits while striking out five and walking two.
In the second game, Wayne State knotted the score at 4-4 in the fourth with Garrett Graveline walked and scored on a Tanner Simons triple, with Simons coming home on a throwing error.
St. Cloud State regained the lead with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 5-4 advantage.
The Huskies would then score multiple runs in the next three innings. Brady Johnson took the loss in 2.1 innings of relief work for the Wildcats, now 9-17 overall and 7-9 in the NSIC.