On Saturday, the Northwestern baseball team went to Hastings, Neb., to play a doubleheader against the Broncos. The Raiders won both games — the first 12-3 and the second 16-3.
The Raiders out-hit Hastings in game one 14-7 and were led by juniors Skyler Wheeler and Mitch Peschon, who each had three hits. Peschon hit a grand slam in the ninth inning. Three other batters for NW also had two hits.
There were three pitchers in game one. Senior Matt Piocos, who pitched six innings, gave up zero earned runs, three hits and two walks. He also struck out seven batters.
In game two, NW dominated. The Raiders out-hit Hastings 23-8 and were led by seniors Cody Groskreutz and Davis Bloemendaal, who each had four hits. Peschon also added three hits, and four other Raiders had two.
Sophomore Isaac Horigan pitched six innings in game two and allowed seven hits, two earned runs and three walks. He also had six strikeouts and was relieved by sophomore Josh Turner, who closed the game with one hit allowed, one earned run and five walks.
Last Friday, the team traveled to Crete, Neb., to face Doane College in a doubleheader. NW fell in two hard fought games 2-1 and 4-2.
The Raiders out-hit Doane 6-3 in the first game and were led by the duo of Groskreutz and junior Tony Schultz, who each had two hits.
Senior Tyler Stuermen pitched the first game and received his first loss of the season. He gave up only two earned runs, three hits, and two walks. He sat six batters down on strikes.
The second game, NW was out-hit by Doane 9-3. The trio of Groskreutz, Widener and Wheeler supplied the hits for the Raiders.
Senior Ryan Brasser pitched five innings and received his first loss of the season. Freshman Alec Forbes pitched two innings in relief with two strikeouts.
Turner closed the last half inning and gave up a lone hit.
The Raiders will face Dakota Wesleyan at home in a doubleheader today.