Jeremy Peters hit a grand slam in the first inning to give Nebraska Wesleyan University an early four run lead as they held on for a 10-7 victory in game one of a baseball doubleheader against Simpson College Tuesday afternoon (Apr. 7) at NWU Field in Lincoln. The Storm came back to take game two of the twinbill, 12-4.
The Prairie Wolves (18-6) had three batters reach base in the first inning of game one on errors by Simpson then Peters sent a shot over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. Peters would finish the game 2-3 with four RBI.
Freshman pitcher Justin Happold got his first career start on the mound for NWU and picked up a victory. Happold went 4 1/3 innings allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Andrew Gatzemeyer came in to pick up the save in relief as he went the final 2 2/3 innings allowing no hits or runs while striking out three.
NWU led 9-2 after three innings as they added another four runs in the third inning. Corey Petersen had a two run double and Griffin DePriest added an RBI single for NWU.
The Prairie Wolves would allow five runs on only one hit in the top of the fifth inning, but they held on for the win. Petersen also had a big game at the plate going 2-3 with a double, home run and three RBI.
Simpson (15-10) would jump out to a 7-1 lead after three innings of game one. The Storm roughed up NWU starter Aaron Porter for six runs in 2+ innings. Porter also was making his first career start for the Prairie Wolves.
Simpson would use a total of seven pitchers in the game, as a different pitcher threw each inning of the game.
Peters and Petersen both had two hits, while Brady Beckman drove in two runs with a pinch hit single.
NWU will return to Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Friday (April 10) when they travel to Sioux City, Iowa to face Morningside College.