COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Morningside and No. 24 Vanguard played 10 innings before the game was called at a 6-6 tie because of darkness on Wednesday.
The Mustangs took a 5-3 lead in the top of the third only to have Vanguard go up 6-5 heading to the top of the eighth. Morningside tied the game when Jordan Pierce led off the inning with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on a wild pitch.
Nate DeChaine hit a two-run home run in the third inning for the Mustangs, who had 12 hits. Derek Clayton and Dylan Mersola both had three apiece for Morningside. DeChaine blasted the record-tying 36th home run of his Morningside career to tie a record first set by Jared Noteboom from 2007-10.
Cody Selig got the start for Morningside as he went 5.1 innings, walked two and struck out eight.
Vanguard also had 12 hits in the game.
Morningside is now 5-5-1 on the season and plays a doubleheader against Saint Katherine on Friday.
NORTHWESTERN 16, OLIVET NAZARENE 6: Matt Martin and Christian Stekl combined for six hits and nine RBIs, leading Northwestern to a 16-6 baseball win over Olivet Nazarene Wednesday at Tucson, Arizona.
Martin had a single, double and homer, driving in five runs while Stekl collected two singles and a homer, knocking in four. Reed Smith and Colton Harold added three hits apiece and Michael Callahan doubled and drove in three. Northwestern finished with 17 hits.
Mitchell Krensink went the distance on the mound, spacing 10 hits while striking out two and walking one.
CARTHAGE 15, NORTHWESTERN 10: Northwestern lost a high-scoring 15-10 decision to Carthage (Wis.) in its opener on Wednesday as Carthage jumped out to a 8-0 lead after three innings.
Northwestern would score seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined to close within 13-10, but Carthage scored two runs in the top of the ninth secure the victory.
The Red Raiders had 14 hits in the game led by Michael Callahan. He went 3-for-4 at the place with three runs driven in while Colton Harold had two hits and drove in two.
Northwestern used six pitchers that gave up 23 hits.
HOPE 11, MORNINGSIDE 3: Hope International scored in all but one inning when it defeated Morningside 11-3 Tuesday in Fullerton, California.
The Royals, who were ranked eighth nationally in the NAIA earlier this season, improved their record to 14-12, while the Mustangs dropped to 5-5.
The Royals led wire-to-wire after they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning and scored runs in each of the first six innings to grab a 10-3 lead.
Hope pitcher Dylan Hoffman was unable to get out of the fourth inning, however, when he walked Nathan DeChaine and Joe Genoways and then served up a three-run home run to Andrew Kasperbauer. Hoffman was removed from the game one batter later after he walked the Mustangs’ Jordan Pierce.
Aside from Kasperbauer’s fourth inning home run, the Mustangs’ other hits were eighth inning singles by Kasperbauer and Shea Patterson.
NORTHWESTERN 10, NORTHERN STATE 4: Northern State jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Northwestern responded with six-unanswered runs on its way to the win Tuesday in Tucson, Arizona.
Matt Martin tied the game with one swing on a two-run home run for the Red Raiders, and A.J. Nitzschke followed with a triple before Zachary Rosson drove him home with a base hit. The fifth and final run of the inning came on a throwing error.
The Red Raiders had 12 hits in the game led by Rosson's 4-for-5 day at the plate with three RBIs. Christian Stekl added a home run for the Red Raiders.
Noah McBride got the win for Northwestern (3-6) as he allowed two runs in five innings, struck out two and walked three.