Dordt defeats Northwestern 6-4
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College built a 6-0 lead and held on to defeat Northwestern 6-4 in game two of the doubleheader between the two teams.
The Defenders scored five in the first inning on three hits. Jake Thayer started the inning with a walk and Trent Roose bunted his way on base. Cam Gingerich bunted the runners over and ended up safe on the fielder’s choice. Colton Van Otterloo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to put Dordt up 1-0. A Zach Fowler ground out to the right side of the infield got another run in. Josh Van Eps had another ground out to the right side for a 3-0 lead. Taylor Neuroth singled a run in and stole second base to get in scoring position before Chris Schrieber singled him in for a 5-0 lead.
Northwestern threatened with a pair of hits in the second but came away with nothing. Dordt got a run in the second with Cam Gingerich reaching on fielder’s choice and he stole second base. Colton Van Otterloo delivered a run scoring single and Dodt was up 6-0.
Dordt missed opportunities to build on the lead with two runners stranded in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Northwestern knocked two runs off the deficit with a pair in the sixth and then rallied with two runs in the seventh and loaded the bases. The Defenders exhausted three pitchers in the frame with Connor Hopkins coming on to record the save with a bases loaded strikeout to end the game.
Zach Zylstra won his second game of the season and went six innings with one walk and five strikeouts with two runs allowed—one of them earned.
Hopkins earned his second save of the season.
Dordt had a 10-6 hits advantage.
Taylor Neuroth was 3-3 with a run batted in and a double with two singles. Neuroth had two stolen bases.
Colton Van Otterloo had a double and single with a run batted in.
Chris Schrieber had two singles with a run batted in.
Dordt is now 15-20 overall and 8-10 in the GPAC with ten games remaining. Northwestern is 5-15 in the GPAC and 14-25 overall.
Dordt is on the road on Friday and Saturday this weekend against Doane.