Nathan DeChaine tied the Morningside career home run record when the Mustangs played No. 24 Vanguard to a 6-6 tie in Wednesday’s baseball game in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The game ended after 10 innings due to darkness.
DeChaine blasted the record-tying 36th home run of his Morningside career with a two-run shot in the top of the third inning to tie a record set by Jared Noteboom from 2007-10. DeChaine’s homer came with Dylan Mersola on base after a double and gave the Mustangs a 3-2 lead.
Vanguard answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead before the Mustangs regained the advantage at 5-4 with a two-run fourth. Derek Clayton had the big hit in the fourth with a RBI single.
The hosts scored runs in the sixth and seventh to go up 6-5 before the Mustangs tied the score with a run in the eighth when Jordan Pierce doubled, went to third on a sacrifice by Sam Huska and came home on a wild pitch.
Mersola and Clayton accounted for half of the Mustangs’ 12 hits. Mersola went three-for-five with a double, while Clayton had three singles in six at-bats. The Mustangs completed their hitting attack with DeChaine’s record tying home run, a double by Pierce and singles by Huska, Joe Genoways, Mitch Kellogg and Matthew Sanchez.
Mustang starting pitcher Cody Selig allowed five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits over the first 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out eight.
Jared Sorenson allowed one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts in a 2.2-inning relief stint and Elliott Conover hurled two innings of scoreless relief. Conover allowed two hits and struck out two.
The Mustangs will wrap up their Spring Break trip to California with doubleheaders against Saint Katherine on Friday and Saturday in San Marcos.