Mount Pleasant, IA – The Iowa Wesleyan University baseball team hosted Eureka College for a SLIAC double header this afternoon. The Tigers were looking to finish out the series with a sweep after winning the first of the three game series last Wednesday. IW came out and won the opening game of the afternoon by a score of 11-7. The Tigers finished off the series with a 13-7 win to complete the sweep of the Red Devils.
Iowa Wesleyan had a big first inning in the first game of the day. They plated seven runs off of four hits and an error by Eureka. IW drew back to back walks to begin the game, and both runners would advance to second and third on stolen bases. Connor Urevich (FR/Wentzville, MO) drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly with one out. Three more runs would cross the plate on a RBI single by Josh Sanchez and an RBI double by Matthew Murphy (JR/Keokuk, IA). Travis Kostello (SR/St. Louis, MO) singled through the right side to bring home Murphy, and Joseph Belarde (JR/Fountain, CO) would drive in the final run of the inning with a triple.
Eureka scored three runs in the top of the second inning, but Connor Urevich got run back for the Tigers with a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Tanner Anderson (SR/Vermillion, SD) singled to left center field, which brought home another run for the Tigers to bring the score to 9-4.
The Red Devils added two more runs in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to three runs. Iowa Wesleyan was able to get two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning extend their lead once again. Joseph Belarde doubled through the left side and would later score on an RBI double by Jacob Leonard (FR/Aurora, IL). Tanner Anderson drove in the final run for the Tigers with a single through the left side.
After a scoreless sixth inning, IW gave up one run to the Red Devils in the top of the seventh. That would be the only run the Tigers allowed, and they would secure the 11-7 victory. Austin Christian (JR/Arlington, TX) earned the win for the Tigers, moving to 5-5 on the season.
In the second game of the day, Iowa Wesleyan once again was the first team to get on the scoreboard. The Tigers would score three runs in the first inning after recording three hits. Chazz Brown (SO/Chicago, IL) drew a leadoff walk, and Jacob Leonard followed with a single. Tanner Anderson drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field. The next two runs were driven in on singles by Connor Urevich and Joshua Sanchez (JR/Fountain, CO).
Tanner Anderson gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead with a single up the middle that brought home two runs in the bottom of the second. Iowa Wesleyan would add three runs in the bottom of the third. Matthew Murphy walked to leadoff of the inning, and Parker Leland (SO/Parker, CO) hit a home run to score the first two runs of the inning. Chazz Brown followed with a home run of his own to bring the score to 8-0.
Iowa Wesleyan added three runs in the next two innings and maintained their solid defense. Ben Deweese (FR/Point Saint Lucie, FL) continued to pitch well for the Tigers. He had a no hitter through five innings. He gave up his first hit in the sixth inning, and IW would give up six runs to the Red Devils.
The Tigers would fail to score in the next two innings but would add two runs to their lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Matthew Murphy singled to begin the inning for IW and Parker Leland would come to the plate next. Leland hit his second two run home run for the Tigers to put Iowa Wesleyan out front 13-6. Eureka would get a run across the plate in the top of the ninth inning but IW's defense would shut the Red Devils down to complete the sweep. Deweese earned the win to improve to 3-6 overall this season.
The Tigers are now 13-22 overall and 7-13 in conference play this season. They are scheduled to play Greenville College on Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm if the rain holds off this weekend.