Lucas Henning pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts to help the Morningside baseball team sweep Winnipeg.
Lucas Henning pitched a no-hitter to lead the Morningside College baseball team to a 5-0 victory against the University of Winnipeg to help the Mustangs complete a doubleheader sweep of the Wesmen on Saturday in Sioux City.
The Mustangs, who rallied for a 5-4 victory in eight innings in the opener, will take a 12-9 record into another twin bill against Winnipeg on Sunday at noon at Mercy Field.
Henning, a senior from Worthington, Minn., walked five batters and struck out 13 in his seven-inning no-hit gem.
Henning’s only potential trouble came in the first inning when he walked the bases loaded with two outs before he struck out Tyler Moskalyk to end the inning.
Henning made it four strikeouts in a row when he struck out the side in the second inning. Henning also struck out the side in the fourth inning and had three strikeouts in the seventh.
Morningside gave Henning all the cushion he would need when it scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. A two-out error by the Wesmen first baseman prolonged the inning and enabled Nathan DeChaine to reach base and eventually score on a RBI single by Dylan Mersola.
The Mustangs made it 3-0 in the third inning when Derek Clayton delivered a two-out, two-run double that plated DeChaine and Joe Genoways, who were on base after a walk and a double, respectively.
Morningside scored its final two runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Blake Rogers and Alex Marrujo.
Winnipeg pitcher Nick Kauenhofen scattered eight hits in a complete game effort. Andrew Kasperbauer had a double and single and Marrujo had a pair of singles to account for half of the Mustangs’ hits. The other his were doubles by Clayton and Genoways and singles by Rogers and Mersola.
Morningside had to rally from an early 3-0 deficit to win the opener.
The Mustangs, held without a hit through the first three innings, had their first hit when Blake Meacham singled with one out in the fourth. Morningside scored its first run in the fifth when Genoways doubled and came home when Mitch Kellogg reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Mustangs trailed 4-1 before they scored a run in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh to send the game to extra innings tied at 4-4. Genoways had a RBI double in the sixth and Mersola provided the big blow in the seventh with a clutch two-out, two-run double that tied the score.
After relief pitcher Jordan Barr retired all three batters he faced in the top of the eighth inning, it took the Mustangs just two batters to produce the winning run in the bottom of the frame. DeChaine singled to start the inning and his pinch-runner, Jacob Lamoreux, scored the winning run when Genoways slugged a double to center field.
Genoways went three-for-four with three doubles to lead an eight-hit Morningside offensive attack. Mersola and Kasperbauer also had doubles, while Rogers, DeChaine and Clayton had singles.
Barr was the winning pitcher after his one-inning scoreless relief stint. Elliott Conover pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Jonathan Van Beek allowed one unearned run while pitching the fifth and sixth innings. Mustang starter J.L. Tourville allowed three runs on five hits over the first four frames.
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