FREMONT, Neb. – After a rainout on Saturday and a delayed start on Sunday, Midland University was able to play their home and conference opener at Moller Field against Dakota Wesleyan University. The Warriors took game one behind a solid pitching effort on the mound for a 3-0 win and then used the long-ball in the second game to complete the sweep with a 5-0 victory. Midland improves their record to 14-9 (2-0 GPAC) while Dakota Wesleyan falls to 5-12 (1-3 GPAC).
Dakota Cortese took the mound in game one and pitched a gem. He allowed just two hits and struck out 11 for a complete game shutout win. He was dominant the first time through the order as he struck out the side in the second and then followed that up with a pair of strikeouts to begin the third.
At the plate for the Warriors, leadoff hitter Justin Trevino went 4-4 with a run scored while Armando Fajardo and Nate Calles each recorded an RBI. Trevino and Fajardo both a double in the game and Trevino picked up a stolen base as well.
Game two saw another strong outing on the mound by the Warriors as Daylon Owenswas on the bump and pitched six complete innings. He allowed just three hits on the night while striking out three and walking a pair. The final three innings were pieced together as Torrey Escamilla, Hayden Bliss and Billy Brand all pitched an inning and none allowed a hit. Brand had the lone strikeout out of the bullpen as he set the final DWU batter down swinging.
Matt Abdelnour and Buddy Balsino each had a two-run home run in the game. In the homer over the left field fence in the 4th to put Midland up 2-0. Balsion followed suit almost to a tee in the sixth as he too hit a ball that cleared the tall left field fence. Abdelnour would drive in the final run in the bottom of the 8th to seal the win.
Midland will be back in action at home on Tuesday evening as they host Concordia (14-7, 2-0 GPAC). First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. at Moller Field in Fremont.