After dropping a very disappointing 7-5 decision in the first game of a doubleheader, Nebraska Wesleyan came back with a 11-1 win over Dordt College in a GPAC baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at NWU Field in Lincoln.
NWU (11-11, 7-7 GPAC) pounded out 15 hits and scored a run in every inning of game two as the game ended in the fifth due to the run rule.
Andy McGowan got the hits started with a solo home run in the first. John Rust added an RBI single to put NWU up 2-0. In the second, McGowan had a two-run single then Josh Ostrom drove in McGowan with a single. Tanner Lewis had an RBI double in the third for the Prairie Wolves lone run of the third.
It was a big fourth inning that helped the game end early. Ostrom had an RBI double, Rust added another RBI single and Zach Munford pinch hit and produced a two-run single.
Chris Wahl got his first win of the season on the mound going 5.0 innings allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts.
Nebraska Wesleyan controlled much of game one as well. The Prairie Wolves jumped ahead 2-0 on a one-run single by Ostrom and sacrifice fly by Rust. Ostrom and Cory Hilgenkamp both had RBI doubles in the third inning to put NWU up 5-0.
Ace pitcher Zane Cascini felt comfortable with a 5-0 lead on the mound. He allowed one run in the fourth but still held a 5-1 lead going into the sixth. A leadoff error in the sixth was the start of a disastrous inning for the Prairie Wolves. Dordt would score six runs on five hits and they took advantage of two costly errors.
NWU tried to rally in the sixth inning as they had the tying run on second base with one out, but could not drive in any runs.
Cascini (4-2) took the loss allowing seven runs (two earned) and nine hits while striking out 10. NWU outhit Dordt, 14-9, including three hits for Ostrom and two doubles by Hilgenkamp.
Josh Ostrom had a huge day at the plate finishing 5-6 with two doubles and four RBI, McGowan was 4-5 with a HR and three RBI, Hilgenkamp was 4-7 with two doubles and three RBI, while Rust finished 5-6 with a double and three RBI.
Nebraska Wesleyan will look to get a sweep on Sunday when they host Morningside College at 1 p.m.