Morningside crushed Briar Cliff by scores of 14-2 and 19-2 when it swept its city rival in a Monday GPAC baseball doubleheader at Briar Cliff.
The Mustangs pounded out 40 hits in the two contests. Morningside extended its winning streak to four games and improved its record to 11-14-1 overall and 5-3 in the GPAC.
Senior pitcher Cody Selig mowed down the Chargers with a complete game seven-hitter and was backed by an impressive 17-hit Morningside offensive attack when the Mustangs won the first game in a rout. Selig struck out six and did not walk a batter while improving his record to 2-3 this season and 20-8 for his career.
The Mustangs never trailed in the opener after they jumped on Charger starting pitcher Andrew Stover for three runs in the top of the first inning. Dylan Mersola got the action started when he led off the game with a single, advanced to third on an error and scored on a passed ball. The Mustangs had runners at first and second with one out after Jordan Pierce worked Stover for a walk and Stover hit Joe Genoways with a pitch to set up RBI singles by Sam Huska and Andrew Kasperbauer.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to 5-0 in the top of the third inning when Genoways singled and scored on a double by Huska, who later came home on a sacrifice fly by Levi Davidson.
Morningside used a pair of two-out hits to go up 6-0 in the top of the fourth when Pierce singled and scored on a double by Nathan DeChaine.
The Mustangs broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning to take a 10-0 lead. Morningside had three hits in the inning, including a two-run home run by Andrew Kasperbauer, whose bomb followed a leadoff single by Huska. A walk to Levi Davidson and a double by Mitch Kellogg put runners at second and third with no outs and set up a RBI groundout by Derek Clayton and a sacrifice fly by Mersola.
Selig took a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the fifth before the Chargers strung together three consecutive singles with one out in the inning, including a RBI single by Avery Foltz, to foil Selig’s shutout bid. Selig pitched his way out of further trouble when he struck out Brogan Secrest and enticed Brady Harpenau to ground out to first to leave the bases loaded.
The Mustangs scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to push their lead to 12-1. Back-to-back doubles by Genoways and Huska produced the first run. Huska advanced to third on a single by Kasperbauer and scored on a sacrifice fly by Davidson.
Genoways clubbed a two-run double to drive in the Mustangs’ final two runs in the top of the seventh. His hit drove in Mersola, who led off the inning with a single, and Pierce, who was on base after a walk.
Huska went five-for-five with a pair of doubles to lead the Mustangs’ hit parade. Genoways went three-for-four with a pair of doubles and Kasperbauer had a home run and two singles. The Mustangs also received multiple hit performances from Kellogg with a double and single and Mersola with a pair of singles, while DeChaine had an extra base hit with a double.
The Mustangs also jumped out to an early lead in the nightcap when they plated two runs in the top of the first inning. It took the Mustangs only two batters to score when Mersola led off the game with a single and Pierce took Charger starter Matt Wesselmann deep on a 1-0 count when he blasted a two-run home run for his fourth circuit clout of the season.
Morningside staged a four-run third inning when it increased its lead to 6-0. The Mustangs started the inning’s action with a single by DeChaine and a double by Genoways to set up a two-run single by Kasperbauer. The last two runs of the inning came after a Briar Cliff error and a RBI single by Kellogg.
The Mustangs put the game away with six more runs in the third to go up 12-0. The Mustangs had four hits in the inning, including RBI singles by Huska, Kasperbauer and Pierce.
Morningside continued to pile it on when Clayton slugged a two-run double in the fifth, Davidson supplied a RBI single in the sixth and Genoways blasted a two-run home run in the seventh.
Kasperbauer went four-for-five to pace the Mustangs’ 23-hit attack. The Mustangs had three-hit performances from Genoways with a home run, double and single, DeChaine with a double and two singles and Mersola with three singles. Clayton had two doubles, Pierce had a home run and single, Huska had two singles and Davidson had two singles.
Mustang starting pitcher Richard Mitchell allowed two runs, only one earned, on seven hits over the first six innings to get the win and improve his record to 4-1. Mitchell, who struck out five and didn’t walk a batter, improved his career record to 22-5 to move within two victories of matching the Morningside record of 24 career pitching triumphs set by Heath Horsley from 2004-07.
Morningside will host Dakota State in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday at 2 p.m.