ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Morningside closed the regular season with a 10-3 and 18-5 sweep of Northwestern in a Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader here Saturday.
Blake Rogers, Jacob Lamoreux and Blake Meacham each homered for the Mustangs (33-19, 18-10) in the first game. Macham and Nolan Hoff collected two hits each and Rogers drove in three.
Northwestern's A.J. Nitzschke and Christian Stekel each hit homers and Reed Smith was 2-for-3 at the plate.
Lucas Henning (7-3) went the distance on the mound for the Mustangs, allowing six hits while striking out six and walking none. Morningside scored four runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
The second game was scheduled for nine innings but ended after seven because of the 10-run rule. Morningside collected 17 hits, with Rogers and Meacham each going deep again. For Rogers, it was his ninth homer of the season.
Dylan Mersola was 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs while Meacham also knocked in four runs. Lamoreux and Hoff had two hits and drove in two runs, as did Cole Chapin.
Northwestern's Dustin Gaither finished 3-for-4 while Matt Martin and Austin Zylstra had two hits and two RBIs each.
Spencer Wyant and Cameron Wagner combined for the pitching win.
Northwestern finished the season 17-30 overall and 8-20 in the GPAC.
HASTINGS 2-1, BRIAR CLIFF 1-0: Hastings pulled out two one-run victories over Briar Cliff at Bishop Mueller Field Saturday, signaling the end of the baseball season for the Chargers.
The Broncos scored a single tally in the top of the seventh inning to win the first game 2-1 and tallied the game’s only run in the seventh of the nine-inning nightcap.
Briar Cliff closed the season at 16-32 overall and 9-17 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
After Hastings scored in the second inning of the opener, Briar Cliff evened the score in the fourth on an RBI single by David Thomas. Ty Neill of Hastings singled in the winning run in the top of the seventh. BCU had two runners on in the bottom of the seventh but failed to score.
Andrew Kuta went the distance for the mound win in the first game, spacing four hits. Carter Ludwig and Jeff Hackenmueller each doubled for the Chargers. Nicholas Cole was the losing pitcher after replacing starter Jory Boynton in the sixth.
Hastings outhit the Chargers 11-5 in the second game. Hagan Samson and Hackenmueller collected two hits apiece for Briar Cliff. The Broncos (26-20, 15-11) scored the game’s only run on a squeeze bunt by Brandon Utrup in the top of the seventh inning.
WAYNE ST. 8-4, AUGUSTANA 2-1: A day after dropping two games to Augustana, the Wildcats rebounded with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
In the opener, Aaron Krier led off the game with a home run as the Wildcats scored three in the first inning. He also had a two-run double in a three-run third.
Aidan Breedlove got the win for the Wildcats as he allowed one earned run on four hits with a strikeout in six innings of work.
Wayne State fell behind 1-0 in the second game, but pitcher Teague McFadden did not allow an earned run on just four hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings for the victory.
Wayne State is now 25-21 overall and 20-14 in the NSIC.
SIMPSON 3-2, BUENA VISTA 2-12: The Beavers batted round and scored nine runs in the third inning and downed the Storm in the second game of an Iowa Conference baseball doubleheader played in Storm Lake, Iowa Saturday. Simpson's win in the first game was just its third in IIAC play this season.
Kendall Candor and Cameron Johnson each had a bases loaded double to spur the big Beaver inning in the second game. Candor and Devin Wangenman both had two hits in the third inning and Candor scored twice. Keenan pitched five innings and gave up two hits and one walk to get the pitching win in the second game for Buena Vista (22-14 overall, 13-8 IIAC). Bruce Rheault had two of the Beavers' six hits in the first game.