Tigers’ bats lead to big wins
The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team moves one game over .500 for the first time this season after picking up two big wins over Graceland University on Thursday night. The Tigers traveled to Lamoni for a doubleheader against the Yellowjackets.
The Tigers had to fight hard for both wins, picking up an 8-4 win in extra innings in game one and holding on despite a late Yellowjackets’ attack in game two to get the 9-8 victory.
The Tigers and Yellowjackets traded the lead throughout the early innings of game one.
After seven innings, the game was tied, 4-4. The Tigers then lit up the scoreboard in the top half of the eighth inning, scoring four runs. They were able to shut down the Yellowjackets and hang on for the game one win.
Keith Bullock picked up the win as he went the distance, pitching all eight innings. Bullock allowed four runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking just one.
Jacob Scherer went 2-for-3 in game one, including a double. Scherer also knocked in two runs. Ryan Daniels also went 2-for-3 in game one, driving in one run and scoring once.
The Tigers carried the momentum from their game one win into the first inning of game two as they scored six runs to open up the game. The Yellowjackets used a couple innings to claw their way back, but the Tigers’ bats had just enough in them to scrape out the win.
Christian Vigil got the win for the Tigers, pitching 3.2 innings. Vigil allowed five runs on six hits. He struck out two Yellowjackets in his outing.
Vincent Cambruzzi picked up the save as he pitched two innings. Cambruzzi allowed just one run on three hits, striking out one.
Brandon Harris and Dalton Bryant each went 2-for-4 in game two, each driving in one run and scoring once.
The Tigers will head to Monmouth College to take on the Fighting Scots next on Wednesday, April 10. The game is slated to start at 3 p.m.