Corey Petersen hit a single up the middle to drive in Bryon Janata in the bottom of the 10th inning as Nebraska Wesleyan pulled out a 2-1 victory over Morningside College in game one of a GPAC doubleheader on Sunday afternoon (April 13) at NWU Field in Lincoln, Neb. The Mustangs took game two of the doubleheader, 8-3.
Petersen's two out single was the first run scored by either team since the bottom of the third inning. John Rust hit a one-out double down the left-field line to get into scoring position and Rust was then pinch run for by Janata. Steve Schaffer was then intentionally-walked to set up the game-winning hit by Petersen.
NWU (15-13, 7-7 GPAC) scored its first run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Jon Scholz.
NWU starting pitcher Zane Cascini allowed a run in the first inning, but then shut down the Mustangs the rest of the way. Cascini pitched 8.0 innings allowing one run on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one. Cory Scott came in relief in the the ninth and allowed just one hit to pick up the victory.
In game two, Morningside (17-12, 7-7) scored five runs in the top of the third inning and knocked NWU starter Tom Hranac out of the game after 2.2 innings as they cruised to the 8-3 win. The Mustangs had 16 total hits as they earned the series split.
NWU scored two runs in the third and another in the fifth, but they never threatened again. Jared Meays led the NWU offense going 3-3, while Andy McGowan had two RBIs.
The Prairie Wolves return right back to action on Monday (Apr. 14) when they host Dordt College in an important GPAC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 pm at NWU Field.