MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- Freshman starting pitcher Bryan Beachy threw a stellar complete game for Indiana Wesleyan University as the Wildcats defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University 2-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Mount Vernon, Ohio. MVNU earned a split with a 17-3 victory in Game 2.
Beachy allowed a single run to Mount Vernon Nazarene as he scattered eight hits in the seven innings of work. He walked one and struck out four to improve to 4-4 on the year. Beachy has four complete games in his last five outings and has given up two runs or fewer in three of them.
Indiana Wesleyan (19-28, 11-17 MCC) scored two runs on just three hits in the game. IWU scored in the first inning on a sac fly by rightfielder Craig Dollens. Indiana Wesleyan went up 2-0 in the top of the seventh with another Dollens sac fly.
Mount Vernon Nazarene (26-16, 17-11 MCC) threatened in the bottom of the seventh. A fielder's choice by MVNU scored their first run and put the tying run on first base for a 2-1 game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Mount Vernon Nazarene hit into a fielder's choice as third baseman Preston Fugita stepped on third for an unassisted out to end the game.
Dollens was hitless in one official at bat but had both RBI for Indiana Wesleyan. Catcher Alex Ridlen was 2-for-3 with a double and second baseman Jacob Murphy had a 1-for-3 game with a run scored.
Indiana Wesleyan led 2-1 in Game 2 before Mount Vernon Nazarene took over in the third inning. MVNU scored nine times in the frame for the 10-2 lead. The Cougars added three in the fifth and four in the sixth for the blowout victory to salvage one game in the four game series.
Ridlen again was 2-for-3 at the plate while leftfielder Seth White was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Fugita added a RBI double in the loss.
Shane Bryant was the pitcher of record for the Wildcats. Bryant lasted just 2.1 innings and allowed eight runs (five earned) on seven hits. Three relievers combined for 3.2 innings and allowed nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits. The IWU defense did not help the pitching with five errors.
Indiana Wesleyan will next play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Grace (Ind.) College in Winona Lake, Indiana.