SIOUX CITY, IOWA – In gaining momentum ahead of a critical weekend Great Plains Athletics Conference series, 28 runs, 21 hits and a rousing home sweep at Lewis and Clark Park for Morningside College served a strong purpose Wednesday, April 17.
The Mustangs, improving to 22-13, cruised past North Star Athletic Association foe Dakota State University 14-0 and 14-2 at Mercy Field. Early inning outbursts spotlighted both games, as head coach Adam Boeve‘s squad put up 10 runs in the first inning of game one and collected 11 runs in their first two at-bats of the nightcap.
Offensive heroes on the cool mid-April evening were aplenty. Junior Sam Huska (JR/Windom, MN) (Windom, Minn.), senior Drew Kasperbauer (Sioux City, Iowa) and junior Nic Metcalf (JR/Sedro Wooley, WA) (Sedro Wooley, Wash.) led the march in the opener, as Huska doubled and scored twice, Kasperbauer also registered two doubles and drove in three runs amidst a three-hit effort, and Metcalf sent a long two-run home run over the right-field fence. Kasperbauer came back in game two with two more safeties, one of which was his third double of the night, to along with three more RBI, and sophomore Braden Smutz (SO/Lake Stevens, WA) collected three hits including a double and drove in five runs.
Mside’s pitching output was just as impressive. Sophomore Jordan Kyle (SO/Lake Park, IA ) (Lake Park, Iowa) and senior Brennan Myers (SR/Omaha, NE ) (Omaha, Neb.) combined on the staff’s third one-hit shutout of the season in game one. Sophomore Camden Parks (SO/Omaha, NE) made the most of a starting opportunity in the nightcap with three perfect innings that featured four strikeouts, and senior Shea Patterson (SR/Council Bluffs, IA ) (Council Bluffs, Iowa) wrapped it up with five strikeouts in two innings out of the bullpen.
Morningside looks to rise up the league standings with four games at second place University of Jamestown Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20. Game times are 1 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday.