Warriors Defeat Bruins in Slugfest, 12-9

FREMONT, Neb. – With warm temperatures and the wind blowing out, Midland University and Bellevue University combined for 28 hits and 21 runs on Thursday night out at Moller Field. The Warriors outlasted the Bruins for the 12-9 win in the non-conference matchup. Midland improves to 25-19 on the year while Bellevue drops to 30-20.

Four home runs were hit on the night, three from the visitors and one from the Warriors. In the 5th inning Andrew Brooks, who subbed into the game at catcher in the top of the inning, belted a three run shot that scored Tanner Bos and Justin Trevino. That would prove to be the winning hit as Midland wen up 10-6 after the inning.

Bailey Bliss also notched three RBI in the game. He walked in the 1st that scored a run and then hit a two-run double in the 7th, scoring Kai Haake and Bos.

Others to drive in runs for the Warriors were Gabriel Setters (2), Bos (1), Matt Abdelnour (1), and Nate Calles (1). Out of Midland’s 15 hits, 8 were for extra bases as Bos hit three doubles and Nolan Luzzi and Bliss had a pair each to go along with the homer by Brooks.

Midland took to a pitcher by committee approach for the midweek game. Daylon Owens started the game and went two innings. He was followed by Julius Raval (0.2 innings), Bryan Smith (2.1 innings), James Ward (1.1 innings), Luke Egging (1.2 innings) and Andrew Davidson (1.0 innings).

Smith earned the win, his second of the year, while Davidson picked up his first save of the year.

Midland will close out their conference regular season this weekend as they travel to Crete, Nebraska for a four-game series with Doane (26-19, 15-7 GPAC). The Tigers are sitting in second place in the GPAC while Midland is three games back in third with a 12-10 record along with Hastings and Morningside. Pairings and sites for the GPAC Baseball Postseason Tournament will be announced following this weekend’s games.