Morningside College starting pitcher Derek Appley held Tabor to two runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts over the first four innings of a 5-2 Mustangs’ baseball win Feb. 15 in Sapula, Okla.
After Appley, a senior from Akron and an Akron-Westfield Community School alumni, pitched for four innings the bullpen took over. John Sorenson pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit with one walk and two strikeouts, and got the win. Chris Eckstaine pitched a scoreless seventh inning for a save.
The victory came after the Mustangs suffered a 6-2 setback to Tabor in the opening game of a doubleheader. Tabor won three of the four games in the weekend series.
The Mustangs trailed Tabor 2-1 through five innings of the nightcap before they rallied to score two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Morningside scored the tying run in the top of the sixth inning when Naye Clark stole home and took the lead on a single by Nolan Hoff.
The Mustangs scored a pair of insurance runs to go up 5-2 in the top of the seventh when Jacob Lamoreux walked and Clark singled to set up a two-run double by Dustin Guilhan.
Offensively for the Mustangs, Lamoreaux, Clark, Hoff, Adam Smith, and Cole Halgerson al had singles.
In the opener, Blue Jay starting pitcher Russell Longworth took a 6-0 lead into the top of the seventh inning of the opener before the Mustangs broke through for two runs. Longworth scattered seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts before he exited with one out in the seventh.
Morningside loaded the bases in the seventh on consecutive singles by Lamoreau, Daniel Terry, and Hoff to set the stage for a RBI single by Tanner McWilliams and a bases-loaded RBI walk to A.J. Staiert.
Hoff had a pair of singles for two of the Mustangs’ seven hits in the contest.
Mustang starter Doug Vaneck took the loss after he allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts over the first three and two-thirds innings.
Morningside was picked to finish third in the Great Plain Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball Coaches’ Pre-Season Poll. The Mustangs had one of the 11 first place votes and had 80 points. Northwestern, the defending league champion, had 99 points and Doane 87.