Eureka, Illinois – The Tigers faced off against fellow SLIAC West Division opponent, Eureka College. Iowa Wesleyan snapped a five game losing streak with a 14-10 win over the Red Devils.
Iowa Wesleyan took an early lead against Eureka. They scored one run in the opening inning after Chazz Brown (SO/Chicago, IL) singled to lead off the game and Connor Urevich (FR/Wentzville, MO) later hit a sacrifice fly to bring him home. The Tiger lead was short lived as the Red Devils went ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning.
IW answered in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs to regain the lead and bring the score to 5-3. Connor Urevich led the inning off with a double. Jacob Leonard (FR/Aurora, IL) drove in the first run of the inning with a single to right field. Alex Payne (JR/Nevada, MO) and Leonard took advantage of errors by the Red Devils for the next two runs of the inning. The final run came when Joseph Belarde (JR/Fountain, CO) was able to score on a ground out by Chazz Brown.
Eureka added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Iowa Wesleyan had a big sixth inning, scoring six runs off of four hits in the inning. The first two batters were hit by pitches, which brought up Chazz Brown. He doubled down the right field line to drive in both runners for the Tigers. Matthew Murphy (JR/Keokuk, IA) drove in the two more runs for IW with a home run to left field. Tanner Anderson (SR/Vermillion, SD) singled and Connor Urevich drew a walk to put two runners on base for Iowa Wesleyan. Alex Payne drove in the final two runs of the inning with a double to left center field.
Iowa Wesleyan held an 11-8 advantage over the Red Devils heading to the seventh. Both teams failed to score in the seventh inning, but the Tigers plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning. The three runs for IW came off of a single by Jacob Leonard and Chazz Brown.
Eureka scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but that would be the end of the scoring for both teams. Iowa Wesleyan held on to win 14-10 over the Red Devils to improve to 10-20 on the season.
Iowa Wesleyan will be back in action this weekend. They will host Fontbonne in a three game series this weekend. Saturday will feature a double header starting at 1 pm and the series will wrap up on Sunday with a nine inning game starting at 1 pm.