March 29, 2018 - 10:00 am - Posted in Sports

Zach Rosson was the walk off hero in the bottom of the 9th to give Northwestern the 4-3 win. Mitchell Kresnik led the team with two hits none bigger than being the guy to start the rally in the bottom of the 9th inning. Michael Callahan got the Raiders on the board in the 1st inning with his two run blast. Reed Smith, Dustin Gaither, AJ Nitzschke all had hits in the game.

Noah McBride started game one of the doubleheader. McBride pitched well as he took a shutout into the 7th. McBride took a no decision as Dordt scored three in the seventh to tie it up. McBride goes 6 1/3 innings, five hits, three runs, three walks, and seven strikeouts. Tanner Ortlund recorded the last two outs of the 7th. Ortlund loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the eighth, when Mason O’Donnell came in and struck out the three batters he faced to stop the Dordt threat. O’Donnell pitched another scoreless inning in the 9th which led to him being the winning pitcher.

Northwestern scored two runs in the 2nd inning when AJ Nitzschke hit a sac fly scoring Dustin Gaither from third base, and when Colton Harold walked with the bases loaded to score Mitchell Kresnik. Things got crazy in the 3rd inning when Matt Martin led off the inning with a bunt single. Christian Stekl followed Martin’s bunt single with one of his own. After Dustin Gaither reached base by error which Martin scored, Mitchell Kresnik got in on the action with another bunt single. With the bases loaded game one walk off hero Zach Rosson ripped a bases clearing double. AJ Nitzschke wanted in on the action with a bunt single of his own. Reed Smith couldn’t get a single out of his bunt attempt, but picks up a RBI scoring Britton Yoder and moving Nitzschke to second base. That was all the offense the Raiders would muster but the eight runs would prove to be enough. Raiders totaled eight runs, on eight hits, while walking five times, and striking out eight times en route to the 8-1 victory.

Victor Mena made the start in game two. Mena pitched five scoreless innings, while setting his career high in strikeouts with ten. Mena only allowed four hits and walked three in the fantastic outing. Josh Lucken pitched a scoreless 6th inning. Tanner Ortlund pitched the final frame recording two strikeouts and giving up the games only run for the Defenders.

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