MITCHELL, S.D— Midland University baseball traveled to Dakota Wesleyan University for a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) games Sunday afternoon. The Warriors struggled to contain the Tigers’ offense and fell in both contests, losing 10-5 and 11-3.
The losses bring the Warriors to 11-15 on the season and 1-6 in GPAC play. The Tigers move to 7-10 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
Game One: Dakota Wesleyan 10, Midland 5
Both offenses came alive early on in the opening game with a combined seven runs in the second inning.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead that was sparked by singles from Dakota Thornton and Eathan Secrest. Maddux Miyasato followed the singles with a double to left field that brought in Thornton. In the next at-bat, Kyle Weber was walked allowing Secrest to score. Sam Braun hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing Miyasato in to score the Warriors’ final run of the inning.
The Tigers immediately responded in the bottom of the inning. Three hits and a Midland defensive error brought in four runs to give them a 4-3 lead. Dakota Wesleyan’s offense was only heating up as they got the bats going again in the following two innings, scoring six more runs and pushing their advantage to 10-3.
After the three-run 2nd inning, Midland’s offense stalled. They accumulated just one hit over four innings before a late comeback effort in the 7th inning. Braun picked up another RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Logan Brede. Then, after getting on base with a double to center field Weber scored on a Tyler Foster single to center.
Game Two: Dakota Wesleyan 11, Midland 3
The Warriors’ offensive struggles carried over into game two for much of the early portion of the contest with just one hit through the first five innings.
The Tigers’ offense spilled over into game two as they scored in four of the first five innings, and led 6-0 heading into the 6th inning.
Trey Nichols smacked a home run in the top of the 6th and provided a spark of life into the Warriors’ offense.
After singling to left field to get on base, Sam Braun scored on a Peyton Garbers‘ single to the shortstop in the 7th inning. Then, in the 8th inning, Kyle Weber tripled to center field and then scored on a Matt Abdelnour sacrifice fly to left field.
Two more Tigers runs in the bottom of the 8th gave the Tigers all the breathing room they needed as they held on for the 11-3 victory.
The Warriors (11-16, 1-7 GPAC) will look to bounce back and gain some momentum as they begin a six-game home stretch with a doubleheader against Hastings College (5-15, 3-5 GPAC). First pitch of game one is set for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at Moller Field.