Tiger baseball takes two from MacMurray

The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team traveled to Jacksonville, Ill. on Tuesday and came back with a couple of wins. The Tigers used some late-game heroics to win game one 3-2, and dominated game two 14-3.

IW took advantage of a great outing from starting pitcher Clayton Lathen in game one. Lathan pitched a one-hit complete game to pick up the victory.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the top of the second. Tavaras Williams scored on a wild pitch, and Jack De Burgh brought a second run home with an RBI-single to makE IT 2-0 IW early.

MacMurray’s Mason Hale hit a two-run homer in the third inning after an IW error put a Highlander on base. That tied the game, and it stayed 2-2 until the end final inning.

In the top of the seventh, Dominic Gerace got to second on a one-out double. Michael Rojas came up with one out and a runner on second and sent an RBI-triple to center field, giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

The Highlanders got the leadoff man on with a walk, and bunted him over to second, but Lathen wiggled out of the jam and IW hung on for the win.

Gerace went 2-2 with two runs scored to lead the Tiger offense. IW had six hits in the win.

Lathen gave up two unearned runs over his seven innings of work, walking three batters and striking out four along the way.

MacMurray scored a run in the bottom of the first but it was all IW from that point forward. The Tigers scored one in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the third to take an 11-1 advantage. MacMurray scored a couple in the bottom of the seventh, but IW responded by adding three more in the eighth and the game ended one-inning early due to the 10-run rule.

Joe Mitchell raked in game two, going 4-4 with a double, three RBIs and four runs scored. Nick Salas went 2-4 with a two-run home run, a double, five RBIs and a runs scored. Gerace went 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and De Burgh finished 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Joe Morrison had a nice outing on the mound. He threw seven innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out three. Mitchell Wilcox threw one shutout inning in relief.

IW is now 7-22-1 overall and 5-12 in conference play. They’ll be back at home today (Thursday) at 4 p.m., for the first of a three-game series against Fontbonne University, and then play a doubleheader against Fontbonne on Friday, April 19, starting at 1 p.m.