PERU, Neb. -- Late-inning success carried Morningside College's baseball team to 7-2 and 4-1 victories over Peru State in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon.
Coach Jim Scholten's Mustangs, now 15-8 for the season, snapped a 2-2 tie in the opener on Kelly Kotlik's solo home run in the sixth inning, then broke the game open in the seventh with two-run singles by Jason Engleman and Nate Gomez.
Gomez singled twice in the victory. Jared Noteboom hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Steven Aschinger singled and scored on Thad Henderson's sacrifice fly.
Morningside relief ace Gabe Shockman pitched the final 2.1 innings to get the win, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two.
The second game was tied 1-1 through six innings before Henderson smashed a three-run home run in the top of the seventh.
Jason Wysong led off the of the seventh with a single off losing pitcher Jimy Rodriguez. Bret Hoch, who had doubled and singled, was intentionally walked and Henderson followed with the second hit of the game, the home run.
Starting pitcher James Brouilette had allowed just three hits and struck out three for the Mustangs before he was relieved by Chris Dicks in the sixth inning. Dicks, the winning pitcher, allowed one hit in the scoreless sixth while Shockman allowed one hit and struck out two in the seventh frame to get the save.
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Saturday, Morningside split a doubleheader against Peru State, winning the first game 11-4 and dropping the second game, 6-3.
Henderson went 4-for-5 with a home run and three singles in the opener while Hoch homered, doubled and singled. Mark Martindale doubled twice, Noteboom doubled and singled while Engleman and Smith each contributed two singles.
Winning pitcher Wade Morrison allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings.
Gomez had two singles to pace the Mustangs in the second game while Hoch doubled. Losing pitcher Steven Aschinger allowed six runs, six hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings.
Morningside will play a single game at Wayne State Tuesday.