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.<p>
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.<p>
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. <p>
A scoreless sixth inning followed with Morningside scoring one in the bottom of the seventh inning and two more in the eighth. <p>
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.<p>
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.<p>
Jake Thayer had three hits in the lead off spot while Gingerich, Kollbaum, Nathan Fraley, Jon Holwerda, Nathan Forseth and Schmidt had a hit.<p>
Dordt is now 10-23 overall and 3-11 in the GPAC while Morningside is 19-20 overall and 8-6 in the GPAC. Dordt will host Mount Marty on Saturday.