- DWU baseball sweeps Briar Cliff April 18, 2014
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team swept Briar Cliff University Thursday afternoon in a key Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Tigers beat Briar Cliff 7-2 and 8-1 to push their conference record to 6-8 and move up to sixth place in the league standings. Dakota Wesleyan is now just behind the Chargers, who are 7-7 in the league, in the standings with a handful of GPAC games left to play. Dakota Wesleyan hosts the conference postseason tournament – which the top eight teams make – May 1-3 at Cadwell Park.
Ben Spitznagel singled and scored on an RBI single by Ben Ladner to put Dakota Wesleyan (20-18, 6-8) up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. That lead held until the fifth when the Tigers added four more runs to their total. Spitznagel had an RBI single, Jonah Johnson hit a two-run double and Sam Schumacher hit into an RBI sac bunt to put DWU up 5-0.
The Chargers scored once in the bottom of the inning, but DWU added two more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Spitznagel. The Chargers scored once in the seventh, but left three men stranded on base.
Spitznagel finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead DWU. Which had nine total hits. Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Chris Housley threw the first 6.2 innings and gave up two runs – one earned – on four hits with two strikeouts. Joey Fitzgerald threw the final one-third of an inning.
Spitznagel singled again to start the second game and scored again on an RBI single by Ladner to put the Tigers up 1-0 early in the game. DWU’s lead held once again until the fifth, and this time the Tigers added five fifth-inning runs. Schumacher had a three-run triple, Neil Nagle hit an RBI double and came around to score on a Charger error. Briar Cliff scored once in the sixth, but the Tigers added one run in the eighth on another BCU error and another run in the ninth on an RBI single by Spitznagel.
Spitznagel finished 3-for-5 with one RBI for DWU. Ladner was 2-for-3 and Schumacher was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Nagle also had three hits for the Tigers. Wes Snyder picked up the win after throwing the first eight innings. He gave up one run on six hits and struck out three batters. Darrin Hager threw the final inning in relief.
DWU is back at home Saturday, April 19, when it hosts Morningside College at 1 p.m. The Mustangs are currently 8-6 and in fourth in the GPAC. Saturday is also senior night, and the Tigers’ seven senior athletes will be recognized.