After pounding out 16 hits and 12 runs in a 12-8 victory in game one of the doubleheader, Nebraska Wesleyan was limited to just one hit in nine innings as Dakota Wesleyan defeated the Prairie Wolves, 2-1, in extra innings of a pitchers dual on Monday (Apr. 25) in a GPAC baseball doubleheader in Mitchell, S.D.
The doubleheader, which was a makeup date, was scheduled to start at 1 pm but a broken sprinkler head made the field unplayable and delayed the start of game one four hours.
NWU (10-22, 6-12) remains tied for ninth place in the GPAC standings heading into the final week of the regular season. The top eight teams make the GPAC Postseason Tournament.
Game one was all Nebraska Wesleyan as they scored five runs each in the third and fourth innings to open up a 10-3 lead. Josh Ostrom had a two-run single and the Prairie Wolves took advantage of two Tiger errors in the third inning to score five runs. In the fourth, Ostrom had another RBI single and Derek Erb-Woods also had an RBI single. NWU batters were hit by a pitch four times and walked twice in the big inning.
From there, NWU held on as Jarek Sefrit pitched the final three innings to record his first save. Justin Van Dyke (2-6) threw four innings allowing four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.
Ostrom was the big hitter at the plate going 3-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Nick Dolson was also 3-3 scoring three runs from his lead-off spot.
Game two was a classic pitcher's dual between Ostrom and Dakota Wesleyan's Thomas Pickett. Pickett shut down the Prairie Wolves allowing only one hit and striking out 10.
NWU scored its lone run in the second inning as Ostrom walked, moved to second on a sacrifice, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.
Pickett finally lost his no-hitter in the second extra inning as Chris Johnson got a two-out single to put two runners on base. Pickett almost got the no-hitter as Johnson would not have batted in the ninth. Matt Honerman struck out for the third out of the ninth, but reached first as the ball got past the catcher.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jared Batman led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice. Pinch hitter Sam Schumach then got the game-winning hit with a single to left field to end the game.
Ostrom (2-5) was the hard luck loser for NWU throwing 8 1/3 innings allowing nine hits and two earned runs. He struck out seven and walked three.
NWU will host Doane College on Thursday, then travel to Concordia on Saturday night to end the regular season.