DJ Johnson hit three home runs in the doubleheader, while Nebraska Wesleyan managed just 10 total hits and three runs in 10 innings as Midland Lutheran College swept Nebraska Wesleyan, 6-2, 12-1, in a GPAC baseball doubleheader on Tuesday night (Apr. 27) in Fremont, Neb.
Nebraska Wesleyan is now in a must win situation if they wish to make the GPAC postseason tournament. The Prairie Wolves fall to 11-16 overall and 7-12 in the GPAC with two doubleheaders remaining.
Midland Lutheran, who entered the game last in the GPAC standings, erupted for 18 total runs and 19 hits in the doubleheader after coming into the game averaging just over four runs a game.
The Warriors got two runs in the bottom of the first inning in game two on a two-run blast by Johnson and never would trail again on the night. NWU starting pitcher Cory Hilgenkamp allowed just seven hits through six innings in the first game, but the two Johnson home runs produced three runs.
Four of the five NWU hits in the first game were doubles, but they never could get the key hit. One run was scored in the second on a ground out by Brady Beckman, and the other was in the final inning on a sacrifice fly by Dan Beckmann.
Midland Lutheran got off to a great start in game two, knocking Prairie Wolves starter Ryan Dolezal out after just 1 2/3 innings. Dolezal allowed eight earned runs on seven hits as the Warriors jumped ahead 12-0 after three innings.
The game was called after five innings due to the run rule. The lone run for NWU was in the top of the fifth as Zach Munford doubled and eventually scored on a fielding error.
NWU closes out the 2010 regular season this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders. The Prairie Wolves host Dana College on Friday (Apr. 30) for Senior Day, then travel to rival Doane College on Saturday (May 1) to close the season.