Northwestern defeats Dordt 4-3
HOW IT HAPPENED
Northwestern was able to overcome five fielding errors to hang on and defeat Dordt in game two of their doubleheader in Sioux Center 4-3.
Dordt scored a run in the second inning with Bryan Wallman lifiting a sacrifice fly that scored Colton Van Otterloo. Northwestern answered with a run in the third inning and then scored two more in the fifth inning on a pair of hits.
Dordt was able to tie it in the bottom of the fifth inning when Taylor Neuroth singled with one out and after a ground out Cameron Gingerich doubled to get one run in. Gingerich later scored an error to tie it 3-3.
The back and forth affair continued with Northwestern retaking the lead 4-3 with a three hit sixth inning. Dordt was unable to break through in the sixth with two left on base and Dordt had the tying run on in the eighth and ninth innings but Northwestern held on to win the one run game.
-Both teams had five hits. Northwestern stranded ten runners and Dordt eight.
-Five different Defenders had one hit each. Gingerich, Van Otterloo and Meza all had doubles and Jake Thayer and Neuroth each had singles.
-Connor Hopkins pitched five innings and was charged with three runs—two of them earned and walked five with six strikeouts. He gave up two hits.
-Zach Zylstra pitched one inning and was charge with the loss.
-Brandon Fokkema, Michael Grady and Cole Samuelson all pitched one inning and did not give up a hit.
-Dordt finishes the season with a 19-25 overall record and a 7-13 GPAC mark.
-Northwestern is 22-25 overall and 11-9 in the league.
-Connor Hopkins’s six strikeouts brings his season total to 70 and ties a record held by Barry Miedema set in 1979.
-Jake Thayer (64) and Cameron Gingerich (61) become the first Defenders in program history to record more than 60 hits in a season.