Nebraska Wesleyan ended their spring break trip in a good way as the Prairie Wolves pounded out 20 hits to defeat Wisconsin-Superior, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon (Mar. 24) at Kimo Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. The Prairie Wolves finish the spring trip with a 2-4 record as they also won the first game over Carleton.
NWU (3-12) jumped out to an early 8-1 lead then had to rally back to earn the victory. After leading 8-1, the Prairie Wolves found themselves down 9-8 in the seventh inning.
Beau Kelly doubled in the seventh to drive in Jordan Watteyne with the game-tying run. John Kingston then singled to score Kelly to give NWU the lead.
The Prairie Wolves added an insurance run in the eighth inning to go up 11-9. UW-Superior scored one run in the ninth inning but that was all they could get as Jarek Sefrit recorded his first save of the season.
Jake Rauterkus picked up his second pitching victory of the trip out of the bullpen as he came in on relief of NWU starter Justin Van Dyke.
One day after getting just eight total hits in the doubleheader loss to Carthage, the Prairie Wolves pounded out 20 on Saturday.
NWU will now make the long trip back to Lincoln to prepare for the Great Plains Athletic Conference opener next weekend when the Prairie Wolves host Dakota Wesleyan and Briar Cliff in GPAC doubleheaders on March 31 and April 1 at NWU Field.