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Midland sweeps Northwestern | Rural Radio Network

Midland sweeps Northwestern

Midland sweeps Northwestern

FREMONT, Neb. – Anthony Virgen launched a walkoff homer to complete Midland University’s 6-5 comeback win over Northwestern College in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Moller Field on Thursday night. The Warriors won the opener, 5-4.

The sweep vaults Midland (29-12, 11-5 GPAC) into a first place tie with Concordia atop the conference standings. The Warriors have won six of their last seven GPAC games.

Northwestern led 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning with Isaac Horigan just one out away from pitching the Red Raiders to a split and a complete game victory. However, a seemingly harmless two-out single by the game’s hero, Virgen, sparked Midland’s improbable comeback.

Cole Gray followed with a single and Robert Cummins was hit by a pitch to load the bases as Horigan was suddenly on the ropes. An infield single by Chris Foster made it a 5-3 game and Alex Bee capped the two-out rally by drilling a two-strike pitch to right field, chasing home the game tying runs and Horigan from the ballgame.

Bee, the Warriors’ starting catcher, took over on the mound and tossed scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.

Virgen led off the bottom of the ninth frame and ran the count full before blasting the game-winning home run deep to left field.

Bee (1-0) picked up the win on the mound. Torrey Escamilla (8-0) earned a no decision in his starting effort. The Fremont native allowed five runs (three runs) over 5.2 IP while striking out six batters. Dillon Cotner was perfect on the hill over 1.1 IP. Cotner entered the game in the sixth inning and help MU escape a jam after the Red Raiders had already plated three runs to take their 5-2 lead.

Daylon Owens (3-5) was the winning pitcher for Midland in Game 1. He allowed four runs on seven hits over 5.1 IP. Conlon McKenzie notched his fourth save of the season, blanking the Red Raiders over 1.2 IP.

Gray recorded a pair of RBI in the opener, including the game-winner in the fourth inning, and moved into a tie for third place all-time in Warrior history (140).

Kevin Amezquita went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the contest, including a run-scoring double to spark a three-run fourth inning for Midland.

Northwestern falls to 14-21 (5-11 GPAC) following the sweep.

The Warriors and Red Raiders wrap up their season series with a doubleheader in Orange City, Iowa on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

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