OMAHA, Neb. - Dakota State trailed to Bellevue (Neb.) 7-0 in the first game of the baseball doubleheader action at Westgate Field Saturday afternoon, as part of Bellevue IHOP Invitational. The Trojans mounted a late rally but fell to the Bruins 16-7. DSU lost the second game by the score of 10-1.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 19-22. Bellevue, receiving votes to the latest NAIA Baseball national poll, improved their record to 26-13.
Game 1 - Bellevue (Neb.) 16, Dakota State 7
Spencer Duggan hit a solo home run to give Bellevue a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Bruins would add four more runs with two outs to extend their lead to 5-0, highlighted by Dusty Kerns' 2-RBI double.
The Bruins scored twice in the bottom second frame by Sean Mattson's 2-RBI single to expand their lead to 7-0.
DSU ended their scoring drought in the top of the fourth inning by Anyelo Roman's solo home run (his 10th home run of the season). The Trojans trimmed BU's lead to 7-1.
Kern hit an RBI double in the bottom fourth inning to give the Bruins an 8-1 lead.
Bellevue made it 10-1 with two runs scored in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Trojans exploded for six runs (all by two outs) in the top of the seventh inning to cut their deficit to 10-7. Jason Hershfield hit a grand slam, which he extended the DSU school record for most home runs in a single season with 12 home runs. Ryan Steffensen and Andy Lee each added an RBI single.
Brandon Thompson recorded a 3-run home run in the bottom seventh frame to extend Bruins' lead to 13-7.
Bellevue added three runs in the bottom eighth inning as their lead grew by nine runs (16-7) and sealed the victory.
Anyelo Roman was perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two singles and an RBI. Hershfield added a home run and produced four RBIs. Steffensen had two singles. Lee and Chaz Palmer each had a hit.
Thompson and Kerns each had four RBIs for the Bruins. Mattson had three hits and three RBIs.
The Trojans committed four errors in the game. BU outhit DSU 13-11.
Dakota State left 13 runners on bases. Bellevue had 10 runners left on base.
Anyelo Roman (4-4) recorded the loss for the Trojans. He pitched the first two innings and allowed seven runs (four unearned) on eight hits. Kyle Bradbury worked for four innings in relief and gave up three runs on three hits. Beau Behrend pitched 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on one hit. Brandon Womack pitched the last 1 1/3 innings for DSU. He allowed three runs (one unearned) on one hit.
Josh Trejo (4-5) took the victory for the Bruins. He tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on five hits. Trejo recorded nine strikeouts. Pete Talkigton worked in the top of the seventh inning and gave up two runs on three hits. Grant Mason notched his first save of the season as he pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of the game. He limited DSU to three hits.
Game 2 - Bellevue (Neb.) 10, Dakota State 1
After two scoreless innings, the Bruins took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Tanner Moore hit a 2-RBI single and Lance Lutz added an RBI single to give BU a 3-0 lead.
Max Garza hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth inning for DSU. Corey Pasichnyk recorded an RBI single to score Garza as the Trojans cut their deficit to 3-1.
Bellevue scored five times in the bottom of the fifth frame. The Bruins added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 10-1.
Garza had two doubles for the Trojans. Kyle Braun added two singles. Kyle Holland, Ryan Bourcier and Pasichnyk each had a hit.
Moore went 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and recorded two RBIs for BU. Kerns added two hits and two RBIs. Kelvin Nelson had two doubles and a single.
Bellevue outhit the Trojans 12-7 in the game.
Both teams left seven runners on base.
Drew Sweeter (1-1) took the loss for DSU. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits. JD Farley and Seth Rockafellow each tossed 1/3 innings in relief. Lee worked the last two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Michael Calderon (5-1) pitched a complete game win for the Bruins. He allowed one run on seven hits. Calderon recorded nine strikeouts.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Monday evening. The Trojans head to the Riverside Park in Yankton, S.D. for a doubleheader with in-state rival Mount Marty. First game of the doubleheader is set for 5 p.m. DSU swept the Lancers in both teams' previous meeting on April 3 at Flynn Field.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director