Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 7-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College bounced back from a 5-3 loss in game one to take a 7-1 win in game two of its doubleheader with Dakota Wesleyan on Thursday night, April 13.
Dordt got three in the top of the first inning with Trent Roose singling with one out and Cam Gingerich followed with a single. Colton Van Otterloo knocked a triple to centerfield and eventually scored on a Zach Fowler single.
Neither team scored again until Josh Van Eps homered to start the fourth inning and Dordt had two runners on base later in the inning but couldn’t get the timely hit for more damage.
Dakota Wesleyan averted the shutout with a solo homerun in the sixth inning off Dordt starter Michael Grady but a fly out, ground out and strike out didn’t allow any more damage.
The Defenders put the game away in the top of the seventh with Gingerich knocking a two-run single and Fowler continued to swing a hot bat with a run scoring single to put Dordt up 7-1. Grady retired the Tigers in order to get the split of the doubleheader.
Dordt had a 12-4 hits advantage.
Van Eps had three hits with a run scored and run batted in. He had two singles and a homerun.
Roose, Gingerich and Fowler all had two hits with Gingerich and Fowler each knocking in two runs. Van Otterloo had two runs batted in with a triple.
Michael Grady earned his first pitching win of the season with a walk, a base on balls issued and six strikeouts along with four hits allowed in the complete game.
Dordt is 13-20 overall and 6-10 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan is 15-19 overall and 10-6 in the league.
The two teams will play again on Saturday, April 15 in a conference doubleheader in Sioux Center.
COACH SCHOUTEN SAID
“We had timely hits. Colton delivered a big hit in the first inning to get us playing from in front and Michael pitched from on top the entire game. We’re looking forward to an important doubleheader on Saturday back home.”