Morningside swept Dakota Wesleyan 6-1 and 7-4 on Wednesday in Mitchell, S.D., to move into third place in the GPAC baseball standings with a 12-10 league record.
The Mustangs, who improved their overall record to 18-21-1, stretched their winning streak to five games.
The Mustangs led wire-to-wire in the opener after they scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Joe Genoways and a RBI double by Sam Huska, who doubled for the fourth game in a row.
Morningside broke the game open when all-time home run king Nathan DeChaine belted a grand slam home run in the top of the second to take a 6-1 lead. The home run was the school-record 44th blast of DeChaine’s career.
The 6-1 lead was more than enough for Mustang starting pitcher Aaron Homme, who allowed one run on four hits over the first five innings to get the win. Homme walked two and struck out five.
Jared Sorenson struck out one batter while pitching a hitless sixth inning and Brian Howell struck out two batters in a hitless seventh.
Huska went three-for-four with a double to pace a nine-hit Morningside offensive attack. DeChaine slugged a home run and double and Genoways had two hits with a pair of singles.
Morningside won the nightcap by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to break up a 4-4 tie. The Mustangs used the long ball to score all of their seventh inning runs with back-to-back home runs by Jordan Pierce and DeChaine. Pierce’s home run came with Dylan Mersola on base after the Mustangs’ shortstop ignited the winning rally with a one-out single.
The Mustangs held an early 4-0 lead after they scored three runs in the first inning and added another run in the second. DeChaine doubled home two runs and Huska had a RBI single in the three-run first. Pierce drove in the Mustangs’ second inning run when he bounced into a fielder’s choice that scored Derek Clayton, who had reached base on an error.
Mersola went three-for-four to account for three of the Mustangs’ eight hits. DeChaine supplied a double, home run and three RBIs and Pierce also had three RBIs to go along with a home run and single.
Spencer Wyant picked up the pitching win after he pitched the sixth inning in relief. Mustang closer Elliott Conover struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh for a save.
Mustang starter Cameron Wagner allowed two runs on five hits over the first five innings for a non-decision. Wagner struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The Mustangs will host GPAC leader Northwestern in a pair of weekend doubleheaders with a 5 p.m. twinbill on Friday and a 2 p.m. start on Saturday.