Sterling College took all three games from Nebraska Wesleyan in the 2012 opening series for the Prairie Wolves baseball team over the weekend in Sterling, Kan. Sterling won 4-0 on Friday, then took two on Saturday, 4-1, and 2-0 to complete the sweep.
NWU pitchers allowed just five earned runs in the three games, but the Prairie Wolves managed just 14 hits and scored one run in the three game set.
In a 9-inning game to open the season on Friday, NWU got just three hits in the game. Sterling scored two runs in the bottom of the second and that is all they would need. They added two more in the bottom of the eighth. Justin Van Dyke took the loss for NWU, allowing just four hits and one earned run in six innings of work. He struck out two and walked one throwing 79 pitches in his season debut. Alex Heideman had a triple to highlight the NWU offense.
On Saturday, the Prairie Wolves scored in the top of the first on an RBI from Josh Ostrom to take an early 1-0 lead. Junior left-hander Mike Lovgren was in control on the mound for the Prairie Wolves as he had a no-hitter heading into the sixth inning. However, Sterling scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to get the win. Five different players had one hit for NWU. Lovgren took the loss going 5 2/3 innings allowing three hits and two earned runs.
Sterling scored two unearned runs, one in the fourth and one in the sixth to earn the 2-0 win the final game of the series. Josh Ostrom scatted six hits and allowed one unearned run in five innings as the NWU starting pitcher. J.J. Thaut went a perfect 3-3 at the plate for the Prairie Wolves.
Nebraska Wesleyan will have their home opener on Tuesday (Mar. 6) as they host nationally-ranked York College.