Levi Clifton threw a complete game shutout in game one to give Nebraska Wesleyan a 4-0 victory over rival Doane College in game one of a GPAC baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon (Apr. 7) at NWU Field in Lincoln. Griffin DePriest got the game-winning single in the bottom of the 8th inning to complete the sweep with a 2-1 win in the second game.
NWU (8-15, 5-3 GPAC) hands Doane their first GPAC losses of the season as they came into the game with a 6-0 conference record and sat alone in first place in the league standings.
Clifton (1-4) earned his first collegiate victory as he pitched a gem in game one. He scattered six hits, while striking out three and walking just one.
NWU took advantage of three Doane errors to score their runs. The Prairie Wolves plated three in the bottom of the first and knocked Tiger starter Nick Dawson out after just 1/3 of an inning. The first two batters reached then Alex Heideman beat out a bunt single and the throw went past the first baseman to bring in one run.
Beau Kelly then laid down a suicide bunt and the throw to first was again off the mark to allow two runs to score.
The other run came in the third inning as Justin Van Dyke got a 2-out single to right.
It was a pitchers dual between Josh Ostrom and Tim Carlson in the second game. Ostrom allowed just one run in the second inning and worked himself out of several jams allowing 10 hits and one earned run.
Doane led 1-0 the entire way until the sixth inning. Heideman was hit by a pitch then Kelly walked to put two runners on with two outs. Heideman then stole third and Kelly advanced on a wild pitch. JJ Thaut hit a grounder in the hole between short and third base to tie the game as Heideman scored.
NWU had a chance to win the game in the seventh as they loaded the bases, but Matt Honerman popped up to shortstop to send the game to extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kelly reached on an error to start the inning. Two straight failed bunt attempts left a runner on first with two outs. Chris Johnson singled to extend the inning. The runners then each moved up on a wild pitch to set up DePriest's at-bat. He worked the count full and hit the ball just out of the reach of the second baseman into right field for the game-winner.
Ostrom got his second straight complete game victory on the mound. Johnson was the only NWU player with two hits as the Prairie Wolves had seven total hits.