FREMONT, Neb. | Morningside scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it was not enough as Midland downed the Mustangs 12-8 to win the Midland Bracket of the GPAC Tournament on Saturday.
The Warriors advance to play in the GPAC championship game at Concordia on Tuesday while Morningside ends its season with a 35-22 record.
Morningside struck first with two runs in the second thanks to a Blake Meacham RBI ground out and a Drew Kasperbauer single.
The Warriors got single runs in the second and fifth innings and took control with three more in the sixth and five in the seventh. Midland used five hits in the seventh to score five runs.
The Mustangs' ninth saw Eric Salmonson double to drive in Meacham before Jacob Lamoreux had an RBI ground out. Nate DeChaine, Morningside's all-time RBI leader, then crushed a two-run home run, but a pop up ended the game.
The Warriors' Torrey Escamilla threw seven innings, gave up eight hits, four runs and struck out three.
Midland had 19 hits but benefited from three Mustang errors.
DeChaine was the only Mustang with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.
WAYNE STATE 4-11, SIOUX FALLS 3-10: Wayne State held off a seventh-inning rally to down the Cougars 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader in Sioux Falls Saturday. The Wildcats won by a single run in the second game as well.
In the opener, the Wildcats had a 4-1 leading going to the bottom of the seventh after Cody Jenkins had a sacrifice fly to score Jackson Petersen in the top half of the frame. However, USF responded in the bottom half.
Noah Durkin doubled to score Cole Sweeney and Matt Minnick had an RBI single with two outs to close within one run. WSC ended the treat one batter later on a fielder's choice.
Jenkins went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Wildcats. St. Pierre got the win as he scattered 10 hits over seven innings with four strikeouts.
Chris May had two hits and four RBIs in the second game for WSC as he drove in all three runs in the second inning with a double. May also drove in the winning run in the seventh with a fly out that plated Bodie Cooper. Tanner Simons also had a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
WSC is now 23-15 in the Northern Sun and 28-22 overall.
COE 3-5, BVU 1-7: Buena Vista split a doubleheader with Coe in its regular season finale in Cedar Rapids on Saturday. Both teams now prepare for the Iowa Conference Tournament this week.
The opener was tied at 1-all until Coe scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning. One of the runs was scored on a balk.
BVU's lone run came in the fourth when Bryce Rheault doubled to lead off and scored on a wild pitch.
Jack Greene struck out 12 in 8.1 innings of work to get the win for Coe. Kolby Hilgenberg had two hits for BVU.
The Beavers used a three-run fifth and a two-run sixth to win the second game.
Kendall Candor had two hits and drove in four as he had a two-run blast in the fifth inning and followed with a two-run single an inning later. Hilgenberg had a solo home run in the third inning for BVU.
Keenan Jones got the win for BVU as he allowed five hits in five inning and walked two.
The Beavers finished the regular season at 24-15 and 15-9 in the IIAC while Coe is 21-16 and 13-11.
MICHIGAN STATE 2, IOWA 1: Dan Durkin and Marty Bechina both drove in one run as the Michigan State baseball team defeated Iowa 2-1 in the second game of a three-game Big 10 series on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.
Durkin hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Bryce Kelly and break a 1-all tie.
Jake Lowery pitched 7.2 innings and allowed five hits, no earned runs, no walks and struck out six batters in a no decision for the Spartans (24-18, 8-9). Nathan Witt pitched 0.1 innings and did not allow a baserunner to earn the win.
Robert Neustrom had the lone RBI for the Hawkeyes (28-17, 10-7) on a sacrice fly in the top of the sixth that scored Mason McCoy. Tyler Cropley did not record a hit but walked once.