Dordt College Baseball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan
April 11, 2009
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender baseball team got the timely hit and took care of their business in the field to take a 3-2 win in game two of their doubleheader with the GPAC leader Nebraska Wesleyan.
Dordt got on the board with a pair in the second when Morgan Halpert walked and trotted home in front of Phillip Sears who laced his second homerun of the season to make it 2-0. Sears' line shot cleared the fence in left-centerfield for round tripper. Dordt then made it 3-0 in the third when Josh Bowers doubled and Evan Pheneger singled him in. The run chased Nebraska Wesleyan starter Owen Schmidt from the game. The Pheneger single was also the last hit of the game for the Defenders but the four early hits proved to be enough for Dordt pitcher Bryan Deimer. Diemer pitched shut out baseball until the fifth when Wesleyan got one in. The Dordt defense prevented any further damage though and went into the seventh up 3-1. Dordt missed a chance to go up 4-1 when they stranded a runner at third after getting Evan Pheneger to second with one out. Pheneger reached after getting hit by a pitch but was stranded 90 feet from making it a three-run game.
Wesleyan started the inning with a single and a double to put runners at second and third. A fly ball out to right field got the lead runner in but the runner stayed at second on the play. A hit batsmen put runners at first and second setting up the dramatics of the final play. Griffin DePriest grounded to shortstop where Evan Pheneger flipped it to Morgan Halpert for the out at second. Halpert's throw to first was in the dirt but Travis Dekkers picked it cleanly and De Priest, thinking the ball had gotten away from Dekkers took the turn at first and was promptly tagged out for the final out of the inning and game.
Diemer went the distance with two walks and a strikeout while scattering seven hits. Dillon Peters and Josh Bowers each reached with a hit and a walk while Pheneger had a run batted in with a single. Sears got credit for two runs batted in and was 1-3 at the plate.
Wesleyan's Tyler Stephensen was 2-2 with an rbi while Owen Schmidt took the loss with two and a third innings pitched while walking three, allowing four hits and three runs. Andrew Gatzemeyer pitched no-hit baseball for the final three and two-thirds and allowed one walk with a hit batsman and he struck out two.
Dordt is now 3-13 in the GPAC and 8-25 overall while Wesleyan is 21-7 and 13-3 in the league. Dordt will face Mount Marty on Tuesday night, April 14 at 6:00 in a single-nine inning, non-conference game. The Defenders travel to Concordia and Midland Lutheran next weekend.
Dordt's Current Record: 8-25 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 21-7 (13-3)
Winning Pitcher: Bryan Diemer (Dordt College)
Losing Pitcher: Owen Schmidt (Nebraska Wesleyan)
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