The Northwestern baseball team went 2-2 in a pair of double-headers against Southwest Minnesota State University on March 20 and 21. In Friday’s first game, the Raiders picked up a 12-9 victory that was followed up with a 10-9 loss. On Saturday, NW won 6-5 and ended the day with a 6-4 defeat. The Raiders now stand at a 9-15 record heading into conference play.
In game one, the Raiders accumulated a season-high 18 hits in the contest. They scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second and four in the third inning to open up an 8-1 lead against the Mustangs. After three runs by the Mustangs, NW responded with three runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take a 12-4 lead en route to a victory.
Junior outfielder Zach Cortese had a career-best four hits, including a home run and three RBIs. Senior outfielder Mitch Peschon and sophomore outfielder Collin McBride both recorded three hits. Peschon scored two runs and drove in three more. McBride scored four runs. Sophomore outfielder Casey Guthmiller, senior first baseman Skyler Wheeler and junior middle infielder Christian Hamett each had two hits.
The Raiders will face-off against Dakota Wesleyan today with a double-header in Mitchell, SD. The first game will begin at 3 p.m.