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Dordt Hosts Mount Marty Saturday

April 18, 2014

GAMETIME… The Dordt Defenders will host Mount Marty in GPAC play on Saturday, April 19 with the doubleheader starting at 1:00.  The games can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and live on the web at www.dordt.edu/athletics .

Results of the games can be found at www.dordt.edu/athletics when complete and also at https://twitter.com/dcathletics.

SCOUTING REPORT… Mount Marty is 3-11 in the GPAC and 19-19 overall and split with Northwestern in GPAC play on Thursday night.  The Lancers are 3-1 in their last four games.

The Lancers are led by Jared Miller’s 54 hits and bats .478 with three homeruns and 38 runs batted in.  Derrik Nelson had 35 hits with 25 runs batted in and three homeruns and Michael O’Connell is batting .312 with 34 hits and 21 runs batted in.  Mount Marty is batting .291 this season and they have outscored teams 186-181.

Brandon Nickolite and Alex Mogensen each have four wins with Nickolite boasting a 4-1 record with 44 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts.  Mogensen is 4-3 with a 3.92 earned run average and he has pitched 41 1/3 innings.  Dominic Wieseler is good for a 3-6 record with a 5.31 earned run average and he has 21 strikeouts in just over 40 innings of work.  The Lancers have a team earned run average of 4.74.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt College is 10-23 overall and 3-11 in the GPAC.  The Defenders are coming off a GPAC doubleheader sweep at the hands of Morningside on Thursday, April 17.

Dordt has a team battng average of .271 with Jake Thayer and Cameron Gingerich leading the team with 35 hits each.  Thayer bats .343 with 13 runs batted in and Gingerich bats .302 with five doubles and 14 runs batted in.  Jason Wapnick tops the team with 25 runs batted in and has two homeruns. 

The Defenders pitching staff is led in innings pitched by BenVan Kekerix with 46 and he is 3-1 with 35 strikeouts and a 5.28 earned run average.  Josh Van Kekerix has a 1-5 record this season with 38 innings pitched and he has 22 strikeouts.  Lucas Carls is 1-2 in six appearances and John Drenten is 1-3 in 11 appearances—ten of them in relief.

THE SERIES… Mount Marty leads the series that dates back to 1985 by a 66-23 count.

The Dordt College baseball team lost a 9-4 decision to Mount Marty in non-conference baseball on Tuesday night of this week in Yankton, South Dakota. The Defenders led briefly after a four run fifth inning but the Lancers came back with seven runs over their final four at-bats to win the single nine inning contest 9-4.

The Lancers scored two runs on two hits in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Dordt finally broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth inning after going without a hit in the first four innings. Nathan Fraley walked to start the inning and stole second. Fraley stole third base with one out and Nathan Forseth was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Jon Holwerda followed with a single that scored Fraley and Alex Schoonhoven reached on an error.

Forseth eventually scored on a passed ball and Cameron Gingerich singled in Holwerda.

Mount Marty struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a hit and an error.

Dordt stranded one in the sixth and Mount Marty took the lead on a hit and an error. Dordt again got a base runner in the seventh but came up empty and another in the eighth but couldn’t push either runner across to tie it. The Lancers put the game away with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth and the Defenders went in order in the ninth to end it.

Dordt was outhit 10-4 with Gingerich, Jason Wapnick, Holwerda and Schoonhoven all getting a hit each. Wapnick’s double was the lone extra base hit.

Dordt’s pitchers allowed four earned runs and walked three and struck out one. Tyler Wiedner started the game and went five innings and allowed four runs on five hits with two walks. Josh Peterson took the loss, working the sixth inning and was charged with a run on one hit. Alex Terpstra pitched an inning and a third with four runs allowed on four hits and allowed one earned run. Michael Grady got the final two outs and allowed a walk.

The Dordt College baseball team lost a 9-4 decision to Mount Marty in non-conference baseball on Tuesday night of this week in Yankton, South Dakota. The Defenders led briefly after a four run fifth inning but the Lancers came back with seven runs over their final four at-bats to win the single nine inning contest 9-4.

The Lancers scored two runs on two hits in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Dordt finally broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth inning after going without a hit in the first four innings. Nathan Fraley walked to start the inning and stole second. Fraley stole third base with one out and Nathan Forseth was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Jon Holwerda followed with a single that scored Fraley and Alex Schoonhoven reached on an error.

Forseth eventually scored on a passed ball and Cameron Gingerich singled in Holwerda.

Mount Marty struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a hit and an error.

Dordt stranded one in the sixth and Mount Marty took the lead on a hit and an error. Dordt again got a base runner in the seventh but came up empty and another in the eighth but couldn’t push either runner across to tie it. The Lancers put the game away with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth and the Defenders went in order in the ninth to end it.

Dordt was outhit 10-4 with Gingerich, Jason Wapnick, Holwerda and Schoonhoven all getting a hit each. Wapnick’s double was the lone extra base hit.

Dordt’s pitchers allowed four earned runs and walked three and struck out one. Tyler Wiedner started the game and went five innings and allowed four runs on five hits with two walks. Josh Peterson took the loss, working the sixth inning and was charged with a run on one hit. Alex Terpstra pitched an inning and a third with four runs allowed on four hits and allowed one earned run. Michael Grady got the final two outs and allowed a walk.

LAST TIME… Mount Marty was involved in a pair of tight games with Northwestern on Thursday, April 17 when they split with the Raiders.  Mount Marty took a 3-2 win and lost a 4-2 decision.

Northwestern scored two in the fifth and another in the seventh to take the 4-2 win in game one as Wieseler took the loss for Mount Marty while allowing eight hits, four runs and struck out two with four walks in the complete game performance.

Mount Marty won game two with a run in the bottom of the ninth with one out to salvage the split.

Dordt College lost a 6-2 decision at Morningside on Thursday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa. The Defenders led briefly when they scored a run in the top of the first but the hosts scored six in a row before Dordt got a run in the top of the last frame.

Dordt’s first inning run came with Jake Thayer singling to lead off the inning. A sacrifice by Cameron Gignerich moved the runner up and a Andy Kollbaum single put runners at the corners. A wild pitch got Thayer in with the inning coming to a close with Alex Schoonhoven stranded at third base. Schoonhoven was running for Kollbaum.

Morningside got two runs on two hits in the bottom of the first to take their first lead of the game. Dordt stranded a pair of runners in the second and Morningside pushed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second.

Morningside then added three runs in the bottom of the fourth on two hits and an error for a 6-1 lead.

After being stifled most of the game the Defenders scored a run in the seventh when Bryan Wallman singled and Anthony Maule doubled. Thayer grounded out to the right side of the infield and Wallman scored before the side was retired.

Dordt was outhit 8-7 and stranded six runners to seven for Morningside. Ben Van Kekerix went the distance and allowed six runs on eight hits with four earned runs and he walked six.

Nathan Forseth was 2-2 at the plate with Thayer, Kollbaum, LePlatt, Wallman and Maule all recording one hit each.

Three late runs by the Morningside Mustangs gave the hosts a sweep of the Dordt College Defenders in GPAC baseball Thursday afternoon. Morningside got the 6-3 win while outhitting the Defenders 15-9.

Dordt got a run in the top of the second inning with Rick Schmidt getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. A double play ended the inning before Dordt could do any more damage. Morningside answered with a run three hits and they also stranded two runners in the inning.

Morningside took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning on four hits and stranded two in the inning. Dordt got the two runs back in the top of the fifth inning. Andy Kollbaum singled in a run and Jake Thayer scored on an error.

A scoreless sixth inning followed with Morningside scoring one in the bottom of the seventh inning and two more in the eighth.

Dordt threatened in the ninth as the Defenders loaded the bases on a Nathan Forseth double and Rick Schmidt was hit by a pitch. Thayer singled with one out to load the bases but a pair of fly outs followed to end the game.

Josh Van Kekerix started the game and went seven innings and was charged with four runs with a walk and a strikeout and was charged with the loss. John Drenten relieved and allowed two runs on a hit and Josh Peterson allowed a hit before recording the final two outs of the eighth inning.

Jake Thayer had three hits in the lead off spot while Gingerich, Kollbaum, Nathan Fraley, Jon Holwerda, Nathan Forseth and Schmidt had a hit.

NEXT UP… Mount Marty will travel to Briar Cliff on Thursday, April 24 before concluding the regular season against Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, April 26.

Dordt will host Morningside in non-conference play on Tuesday, April 22 before traveling to Mitchell, South Dakota to face Dakota Wesleyan on Thursday and conclude the regular season against Northwestern on Saturday, April 26 at home.

GPAC…   (Friday, April 18)
Doane 12-0/  34-7     
Midland 10-2/  31-14     
Northwestern 10-4/  31-9     
Morningside 8-6/  19-20     
Briar Cliff 7-7/  15-26     
Dakota Wesleyan 6-8/  20-18     
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-7/  6-20     
Concordia 4-8/  14-23     
Hastings 4-8/  10-20     
Mount Marty 3-11/  19-19     
Dordt 3-11/  10-23    

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