Morningside opened play in the Hutchison Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round with a 6-0 victory against Mayville State.

Cody Selig

Jacob Lamoreux

Starting pitcher Cody Selig gave the Mustangs seven shutout innings and the Mustang offense produced five runs in the first two innings to blank Mayville State 6-0 in the opening game of the Hutchison Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Tuesday in Hutcheson, Kan.

The victory advanced the Mustangs (44-14) into a Tuesday evening second round contest 11th-ranked University of the Science & Arts of Oklahoma, where the Mustangs suffered a 24-1 loss to drop into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tourney. Morningside will try to stay alive when it faces either Tabor or Mayville State in an elimination game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Selig shut out the Comets on five hits over the first seven innings to get the win and improve his record to 8-3. Selig struck out six batters and displayed pinpoint control with no walks.

Lucas Henning and Lance Spongberg each pitched a scoreless inning to put the finishing touches on a seven-hit shutout.

Jacob Lamoreux went four-for-five to pace a 10-hit Morningside offensive attack and set a school record for hits in a season in the process. Lamoreux raised his season’s tally to 89 hits to break the former Morningside standard of 85 hits by Casey Baker in the 2000 campaign and padded his school-record career hit tally to 235.

Blake Rogers

Cole Chapin

Cole Chapin also had a multiple hit performance with a pair of singles, while Blake Rogers had the Mustangs’ only extra base hit blow with a double.

Morningside scored three batters into the contest when Lamoreux led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, advanced to second when Nolan Hoff reached on a fielder’s choice where everyone was safe, and came home on Rogers’ double. The Mustangs added two more runs before the inning ended when Hoff scored on a groundout by Blake Meacham and Chapin delivered a RBI single to drive in David Foley, who was a courtesy runner for Rogers.

The Mustangs made it 5-0 in the second inning when Lamoreux singled and came home on a RBI single by Rogers and Hoff singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathan DeChaine.

Morningside scored its final run in the fifth when DeChaine walked, was sacrificed to second by Meacham, and scored on a single by Chapin.

The Mustangs fell behind 8-0 after one inning in their loss against Science & Arts.

Morningside was outhit by a 19-3 margin against Science & Arts. The Mustangs’ hits were a double by Lamoreux and singles by Rogers and Joe Tourville.

Mayville State Box Score

Science & Arts Box Score