Josh Ostrom threw a complete game 3-hit shutout and Max Hubka and Brady Beckman each hit home runs to lead the Nebraska Wesleyan baseball team to a 7-0 victory over Dordt College on Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa. Dordt came back in the second game to pick up a 3-2 win.
It marks the fourth straight weekend that NWU has gone 3-1 during a Great Plains Athletic Conference weekend. The Prairie Wolves are now 21-7 overall and 12-4 in the GPAC. NWU holds a two-game lead in the league standings with eight games to play.
Ostrom looked sharp in the opener for the Prairie Wolves as he scattered three hits and struck out five to pick up his second shutout of the season. He also did not walk any batters.
NWU scored two in the top of the second as Brady Beckman hit a two-run homer for his fourth home run of the season. Max Hubka led off the third with a solo shot and Chris Wahl added a two-run double to put NWU up 5-0.
The Prairie Wolves added two more in the sixth on a two-run double by Hubka. Hubka finished 2-4 with three RBI, while Wahl, and Griffin DePriest also had two hits.
The Defenders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in game two as Sears hit a two-run homer off of NWU starter Owen Schmidt. Dordt added another run in the third inning as they knocked out Schmidt after 2 1/3 innings.
Andrew Gatzemeyer came in for relief for the Prairie Wolves and did not allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings as he shut down the Defenders.
NWU scored one run in the fifth as Tyler Stephenson drove in Bryon Janata with a single after Janata reached on a double.
The Prairie Wolves mounted a comeback in the seventh as Corey Petersen led off with a single and Boo Frields followed with a double. Janata drove in one run with a sacrifice fly and Stephenson was hit by a pitch. NWU had runners on first and second with only one out, by Griffin DePriest grounded to short for the force at second then the relay throw to first was in the dirt but DePriest was tagged out by the first baseman after rounding first.
It marks the second straight week that NWU has lost a game against the team at the bottom of the GPAC standings.
Nebraska Wesleyan, which has three of their final four series at home, will host Northwestern College on Saturday (Apr. 18) and Midland Lutheran on Sunday.