Morningside picked up a pair of GPAC victories on the road when it swept Mount Marty 4-1 and 15-3 in Thursday’s league doubleheader in Yankton, S.D.
The Mustangs made it five victories in their last six GPAC contests to raise their league record to 9-7 heading into a Saturday home doubleheader against Mount Marty. Morningside will take an overall record of 24-17 into the league twinbill.
Richard Mitchell gave the Mustangs a standout pitching performance in the opener and the Mustang bats pounded the Lancers into submission in the nightcap with a 17-hit offensive attack.
Mitchell held the Lancers to one run on five hits and left with a 1-0 lead when he turned the game over to the bullpen with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mitchell walked one and struck out four to raise his record to 3-2. Kevin Bevilacqua got the Mustangs out of the sixth inning before Jordan Barr set down all three batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh to pick up his eighth save of the campaign.
Mount Marty starter Dakota Stone took a shutout into the fourth inning before Cole Chapin singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Clayton to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Joe Genoways led off the sixth inning with a home run to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. The guests capped their scoring with two more runs in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by Genoways and Clayton.
Dylan Mersola went three-for-four to pace a 13-hit Morningside offensive attack. Genoways had two hits with a home run and single, while Clayton, Andrew Kasperbauer and Blake Rogers all had two singles.
The Mustangs posted a wire-to-wire victory in the nightcap after they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Nolan Hoff singled, advanced to third on a double by Rogers and came home on a groundout by Nathan DeChaine.
Kasperbauer led off with a single and scored on a groundout by Mersola when the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the second.
Morningside broke the game open with four runs in the third inning, six runs in the fourth and three scores in the fifth to take a 15-0 lead.
Mersola had the big hit in the third inning with a two-run single.
Kasperbauer delivered a two-run single and Cole Chapin had a RBI single for the big hits in the six-run fourth.
Blake Meacham provided the big blow in the fifth when he blasted a three-run home run.
Meacham finished with a home run and single. Rogers had a double and single, while Kasperbauer, Chapin, Hoff and Jacob Lamoreux all had two singles. Genoways and Alex Marrujo each had doubles.
Mustang starting pitcher Lucas Henning was the beneficiary of the Mustangs’ generous offensive support. Henning shut out the Lancers on two hits over the first four innings to get the win. Henning, who raised his season’s record to 5-3, walked one and struck out seven.