Derek Appley and Derek Frahm combined on a six-hit shutout to lead the Morningside College baseball team to a 4-0 victory against Peru State College in the opener of a March 7 doubleheader at the Tuscon Invitational Games in Tuscon, Ariz.
Peru State came back to edge the Mustangs 17-16 in a wild second game slugfest.
The Morningside record stood at 6-11 overall before the tournament finale against Northern State March 8.
Appley, a junior from Akron, shut out the Bobcats on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over the first four innings in the opener as the former Westerner got the win. Frahm finished up for the save. Fraham allowed four hits with no walks and three strikeouts over the last three innings.
Morningside scored the only run it needed in the bottom of the second inning when Jordan Mouw was hit by a pitch, went to second base on a passed ball, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Tyler Candor.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning when A.J. Staiert doubled, went to third on a single by Mouw, and scored on a wild pitch.
Morningside capped the scoring with two more runs in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Tanner O’Neill and a RBI triple by Mouw.
Mouw had two of the Mustangs’ three hits in the opener with a triple and single, Staiert had the other hit with a double.
After a first game when the two teams combined for only nine hits, each club collected 16 hits in the nightcap. The Mustangs appeared to be on their way to sweeping the doubleheader when they took a 16-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning before the Bobcats exploded for an 11-run inning to tie the score.
The Bobcats scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jeff Wright reached base on an error and scored when Aubrey Dezearn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run,
Mouw slugged a two-run triple to help the Mustangs take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Mustangs stretched their lead to 8-0 with three more runs in the top of the second inning where the big hits were RBI singles by Mike Anderson and Travis Hanson.
O’Neill had a two-run single in a three-run Morningside fourth inning and Dustin Gulhan slugged a three-run double in a four-run Mustang sixth inning.
Mike Anderson and O’Neill both had three-for-five games to lead the Mustangs’ offensive attack in the second game. Cole Halgerson had a double and single and Keaton Rowe had two singles. The Mustangs’ other hits were a double by Gulhan and singles by Mouw, Staiert, Hanson, David Badalucco and Adam Smith.
In other Morningside games at the Tucson Invitational Games:
Northern State University scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie when it defeated the Mustangs 12-9 March 6.
Mouw went three-for-four with doubles and Hanson was three-for-four with a double to pace a 14-hit Morningside offensive attack. The Mustangs also had multiple hit performances from Rowe, who had a triple and a single, and O’Neill, who had a pair of singles. The Mustangs’ other hits were a double by Tanner Miller and singles by Candor, Badulucco and McWilliams.
Northern State collected 14 hits against Morningside pitchers Alex Groth, Brett De Jong, and John Sorenson. The Mustangs’ hurlers combined for two walks and eight strikeouts.
Morningside used a nine-run first inning en route to an 11-5 victory against Malone University to gain a split with the NCAA Division II opponent on March 5 at the Tuscon Invitational Games.
The Mustangs, who lost the opener 4-3, put the second game away with their nine-run first inning uprising after Malone had taken a 1-0 lead in the fop half of the inning.
Morningside did all of its scoring with two outs and with only three hits, the biggest of which was a bases loaded, clearing double by O’Neill. The other hits in the inning was a leadoff single by Hanson and a two-run single by Mike Anderson. The Mustangs capitalized on the wildness of Malone starting pitcher Jordan Fedor, who did not make it out of the first inning after he walked three batters and hit three others.
The Mustangs capped their scoring with two more runs in the fifth inning when Anderson singled and eventually scored on an error and Gross singled and scored on a triple by Britt Anderson.