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Baseball Piles up Runs, Hits in Doubleheader vs. MVNU

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan University baseball fired on all cylinders in a 9-1 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) in the first game of a Crossroads League doubleheader at Wildcat Field. Conner Cantrell was brilliant on the mound and was backed by a potent Wildcat offense. MVNU scratched out the doubleheader split with a 10-6 victory in the nightcap.

Conner Cantrell dominated in a complete game effort on the mound for the Wildcats. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks in 7.0 innings of work. Cantrell struck out seven Cougars to earn his first win of the season.
Indiana Wesleyan broke the game wide open in the middle innings. With the scored tied 1-1, IWU scored four times in the fourth and fifth innings to build the 9-1 advantage. Ethan English had the big hit in the fourth inning with a 2-run home run while Caleb Eder led off the fifth inning with a home run of his own.
Four Wildcats produced multiple hits in the victory, led by Caleb Eder with a 3-for-4 performance. He finished with a home run and two RBIs. Parker Johnson had a 2-for-4 effort with three RBIs, Ethan English was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Steven Busby was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Mount Vernon Nazarene plated five runs in the opening frame for the quick 5-0 lead. IWU got two of those runs back in the home half of the first inning as Parker Johnson scored on a wild pitch and Steven Busby added an RBI single for a 5-2 score. However, MVNU created more distance with three runs in the third inning and two more runs in the fifth inning for a 10-3 lead.
Ethan English finished the doubleheader with five hits as he was 3-for-5 at the plate in game two. Nick Coy had a career-game as he was 4-for-4 with a run scored.
The Wildcats outhit the Cougars 13-12.

Indiana Wesleyan made a change to their weekend schedule at Spring Arbor (Mich.). The single game scheduled for Friday has been moved up one day to Thursday, March 28. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

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