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Morningside swept Dordt 6-2 and 6-3 in Thursday’s GPAC baseball doubleheader in Sioux City to move within one game of the .500 mark at 19-20.
The Mustangs, who have won six of their last eight games, raised their GPAC record to 8-6 for fourth place in the league standings.
Greg Scott scattered seven hits in a complete game performance in the opener to improve his record to 3-1. Scott walked one and struck out four in the seven-inning contest.
The Mustangs’ offensive standouts were Jacob Lamoreux and Blake Meacham. Lamoreux was three-for-three with a double and a RBI, while Meacham was two-for-three with a double and two RBIs. Nolan Hoff added a pair of singles and A.J. Staiert had a single to complete the Mustangs’ eight-hit offensive attack.
Dordt pitcher Ben VanKekerix weathered the Mustangs’ eight-hit attack in a complete game effort. He walked six and did not strike out a batter.
After spotting the Defenders a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by Meacham.
The Mustangs made it 3-1 in the second when Staiert singled, advanced to third on a single by Hoff, and came home on a sacrifice fly by Lamoreux.
Dordt helped the Mustangs stretch their advantage to 6-1 in the fourth inning when one run scored on a wild pitch and two more came home on a two-out error by the second baseman.
The Mustangs broke a 3-3 tie in the nightcap when Staiert delivered a clutch two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in Dustin Guihan with the go-ahead run. Morningside tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth inning when Nate Clark doubled down the left field line.
Morningside scored in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Hoff and took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single by Eric Salmonson.
The Mustangs outhit the Defenders 15-9 and had multiple hit performances from five different players. Meacham and Cole Chapin led the way with three hits each, while Clark, Salmonson, and Staiert each had two. Clark’s eighth inning double was the Mustangs’ only extra base hit.
Mustang starting pitcher Derek Frahm allowed three runs, two of them earned, on five hits over the first five innings before Chris Eckstaine took over in relief to get the win. Eckstaine blanked the Defenders on one hit and struck out one batter in his two-inning stint.
John Sorenson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to notch his seventh save of the season. Sorenson allowed three hits and struck out one.
Morningside will travel to Mitchell, S.D., on Saturday for a GPAC twinbill against Dakota Wesleyan.
Courtesy: Morningside Media Relations
Sioux City -- Briar Cliff combined to strand 18 runners in 7-2 and 8-1 losses to Dakota Wesleyan Thursday afternoon.
In game one of the twin bill the Tigers used a four run fifth to open up a 5-0 lead. The Chargers pulled within 5-1 following an RBI single from Angel Talamantes.
BCU added one more in the bottom of the 7th, but that's where the rally would end. The Chargers were limited to just three hits against Tiger ace Chris Housley.
In the second game the Chargers tallied seven hits but left 11 runners on base as they fell to 7-7 in GPAC action.
The fifth inning proved to be another big frame for the Tigers as they plated five and never looked back.
Briar Cliff is now 15-26 overall.
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