PINEVILLA, La. - The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team was finally back in action this weekend after a long break due to inclement weather. The Tigers took on Louisiana College over the weekend, losing all four road games.
The Tigers dropped the first game 9-1 on Saturday. Louisiana scored three runs in the second inning and one in the fourth to take a 4-0 advantage. Minami Matsumoto had an RBI single in the top of the fifth, but Louisana scored five more in the bottom of the fifth to run away with the game.
Three pitchers threw for IW in the first game. Everett Swanson took the loss, throwiung 4.2 innings and giving up six earned runs on six hits and three walks.
The Tigers played Louisiana much closer in the next game. IW trailed 1-0 late after giving up a run in the bottom of the fourth, but tied the game up in the sixth inning.
Nick Salas had the game-tying single with one out in the top of the sixth. IW had the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, but left the bases juiced.
Louisiana scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. IW went down in order in the top of the seventh and fell to 0-2 on the day.
Joe Morrison pitched a nice game despite the loss. He threw five innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Brandon Deviller picked up the loss, throwing one inning and giving up one earned run on three hits.
In game three on Sunday, IW lost 15-4, despite taking an early lead. Justin Klug had an RBI triple int he top of the first inning and scored on an error. Louisiana responeded with five runs in the first, three in the second and five more int eh third to take a 13-2 lead.
Trey Sherrill had an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning, and then scored on a passed ball, but Louisiana scored two more in the sixth inning to go back up by nine.
Four different Tigers threw in game three. Mitchell Wilcox was tagged with the loss, throwing one inning and giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out one.
The most exciting game of the weekend was game four, on Sunday. The Tigers entered the top of the seventh inning trailing 1-0 after giving up a run in the first inning, but Nick Salas had the biggest hit of the weekend, tying the game up with leadoff solo homerun.
The Tigers couldn’t hold on in the bottom of the seventh. Louisiana scored the game-winning run in the bottom half, plating one on an error.
Clayton Lathen threw six innings and gave up one earned run on six hits and six walks, while striking out three. Brandon Devillier took the loss, throwing two-thirds of an inning and giving up an unearned run on one hit and two walks.
IW is now 2-5-1 overall. They’ll be in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday, March 13, where theyw ill take on Belhaven University.