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College Baseball: Warriors' win streak hits 5

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton. Ridgewater starting pitcher Jordan Ruter deals in the second inning of Game 1 in a MCAC South doubleheader with Minnesota West Wednesday in Willmar.

Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater baseball team ran its winning streak to five games with a sweep of a doubleheader against Minnesota West on Wednesday.

The Warriors won Game One 8-3 and completed the sweep with an 8-5 victory in the second game.

The winning streak started Sunday with a win over Rochester in the second game of a doubleheader.

The Warriors are 6-6 in the MCAC Southern Division and are 13-14 overall.

Ridgewater, which collected 33 hits in two games on Tuesday, banged out 20 more against Minnesota West.

"We've really been hitting the ball," said Warriors head coach Dennis Boe, "and we've got really good pitching right now. I can't complain. It's a good time to be rounding into playing our best baseball."

In the first game, Ridgewater first baseman Zach Fischer doubled in the Warriors' two-run first. In the fifth, the left-hand-hitting slugger pulled the ball over the right-field fence at Baker Field for a two-run homer, highlighting a five-run inning.

In the second game, Ridgewater broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run fifth inning, then padded the lead with two more runs in the sixth.

Reliever Jarrod Holmgren helped the Warriors avoid disaster in the sixth. Holmgren came on with one out and the bases loaded, but got Minnesota West to ground out and fly out to end the threat.

In Game Two, Jason Shaul had one hit but drove in five runs, and Trenton Berg was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.

The Warriors play next against Riverland at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baker Field.

Game One

Ridgewater 8, MN West 3

MN West 002 001 0 -- 3 9 2

Ridgewater 200 510 x -- 8 14 2

HITTING - Minnesota West: Eric Wieneke 3-for-4 2b, Nate Bierman 2-for-4 ... Ridgewater College: Zach Fischer 2-for-4, 2b, 2-run HR rbi-3, Taylor Gonyea 2-for-3 rbi, Mike Nielsen 2-for-3, Jake Rambow 2-for-3, Jordan Ruter 3-for-4 rbi-2, Trenton Berg 1-for-4 rbi, Travis Kahl 1-for-3, Shane Trattles 1-for-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnesota West: Mitch Jensen (L) 6-12-8-7-0-3 ... Ridgewater College: Jordan Ruter (W) 7-9-3-1-4-8

Game Two

Ridgewater 8, MN West 5

Minnesota West 002 003 0 -- 5 8 2

Ridgewater 000 242 x -- 8 6 1

HITTING - Minnesota West: Jacob Laverman 2-for-3, Wieneke 1-for-3, Shane Schoborg 2-for-3 ... Ridgewater College: Ruter 1-for-3, Berg 2-for-4 rbi-3, Jason Shaul 1-for-3 rbi-5, Fischer 1-for-2, Rambow 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnesota West: Adam Munkel (L) ... Ridgewater College: Joey Schreck (W) 5.1-5-5-5-1-0, Jarrod Holmgren (Sv) 1.2-1-0-0-0-0