Morningside’s baseball team unleashed a powerful offensive attack when the Mustangs swept Benedictine 8-2 and 12-7 in a Monday doubleheader in Atchison, Kan.
The Mustangs pounded out 11 hits in the opener and had 12 more hits in the nightcap.
Benedictine starter Alex Garcia limited the Mustangs to one unearned run on three hits over the first five innings of the opener before the Mustang hitters feasted on the Ravens’ bullpen. The Mustangs shelled a trio of Benedictine relievers for seven runs and eight hits in just two innings of work.
Morningside erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Mustangs did all of their sixth inning scoring with two outs. A single by Andrew Kasperbauer and a double by Jordan Pierce started the rally before a two-out walk to Shea Patterson loaded the bases. That set the stage for Mitch Kellogg, who delivered a two-run single that put the Mustangs ahead to stay. The Mustangs made it 6-2 on a two-run triple by Derek Clayton before a RBI single by Dylan Mersola and a run scoring double by Nathan DeChaine capped the inning’s scoring.
A double by Kasperbauer and a RBI single by Pierce led to another run in the seventh.
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Clayton reached base on an error, stole second and came home on a RBI single by DeChaine.
Clayton had a triple and two singles, while DeChaine, Kasperbauer and Pierce all had a double and single to account for eight of the Mustangs’ 11 hits. The other hits were singles by Mersola, Kellogg and Joe Genoways.
Mustang starter Spencer Wyant allowed one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts over the first six innings to get the pitching win.
The Mustangs led wire-to-wire in the nightcap after then took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when DeChaine blasted a solo home run over the right field fence with two outs.
Morningside used a RBI double by Kellogg and a two-run single by Joe Genoways to stretch its lead to 4-0 in the top of the second inning before it broke the game open with a five-run third. The inning began with a leadoff home run by Pierce and Genoways delivered a two-run single later in the inning.
The Mustangs continued to pour it on in the fifth inning when Genoways led off the frame with a home run before a Derrick Johnson sacrifice fly came later in the inning to make it 12-1.
Genoways went three-for-four with a home run and five RBIs. Sam Huska also had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Kellogg had a double and single, DeChaine and Pierce had home runs, and Kasperbauer and Johnson had doubles.
Mustang starter Cody Selig allowed one run on four hits over the first four innings to get the win. Selig struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The doubleheader sweep leveled the Mustangs’ record at 4-4 heading into their spring break trip to California. The Mustangs will open the trip with a game against The Masters on Monday, March 5.