The Bethel College baseball team welcomed NAIA newcomer Lourdes University to Mishawaka on Thursday and came away with the doubleheader sweep by scores of 4-3 and 11-2.
Jerrod Long earned the win in the opener by throwing 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs.
Long struggled early with control as he allowed four base on balls which helped Lourdes take a 2-1 advantage after two innings of play.
The Pilots gained the lead for good, however, in the third inning after a leadoff single by Casey Weaver set the table for a big three run inning. After Weaver reached base, he advanced to second with a stolen base and later moved to third on a bunt single by Evan Pulliam. Cody Nealeigh then drove home Weaver and advanced Pulliam to third with an RBI single to left. Small ball worked once again as Cory Stoner bunted back to the pitcher to push home Pulliam and eventually reach first base after the ball was misplayed by the pitcher. Steven Steele then got into the action with a bunt single which scored Nealeigh. A fly out and a fielder's ended the inning with three runners on base, but the damage had been done as the Pilots took the 4-2 lead.
Lourdes added a run in the fifth inning and threatened again in the sixth but Luke Pepple came in to get the final out of the sixth inning and leave the game tying run stranded on third.
Pepple eventually earned the save by throwing 1.1 innings while allowing two hits and zero runs, but not before making it interesting in the seventh as Lourdes hit back to back singles but left both runners on.
Game two was not nearly as close as the Pilots pounded out 15 hits and 11 runs in the 11-2 blasting of the Grey Wolves.
Leading the way was Cory Stoner who hit two doubles and drove in three runs and scored two others and Kyle Revella who was 3-3 with a triple and two RBI's and two runs scored. Pulliam, Nealeigh, and Ethan Zartman also recorded multiple hits.
Michael Vanderlaan earned the victory on the mound by throwing five innings allowing just two hits and striking out two.
The Pilots open up Mid-Central College Conference play on Tuesday with a 2:00 pm doubleheader with Grace College.