McPHERSON, Kan. - Dakota State scored a combined 11 runs in the final two innings Tuesday afternoon as the Trojans defeated Central Christian (Kan.) 16-1 at Grant Complex. The victory ended DSU's three-game losing streak.
Dakota State moved back to .500 for the season and improved their overall record to 8-8. Central Christian, a member of Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference remained winless in 14 games.
The Trojans earned a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning and extended their lead to 4-0 in the third inning.
DSU added a run in the top of the fourth inning to make it 5-0.
The Tigers scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to trim their deficit to 5-1.
Dakota State exploded for five runs in the top of the eighth frame to expand their lead to 10-1. The Trojans added six runs in the final inning to seal the victory.
Ryan Steffensen went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and two singles for the Trojans. Ryan Bouricer added a home run, a double and recorded three RBIs. Rays Roman had two hits, two runs and three RBIs. Anyelo Roman recorded two hits and two RBIs.
Austin Penn was 2-for-2 for the Tigers. Roster McBane, Steven Abbott and Lance Marks each added a single.
The Trojans outhit Central Christian 11-5 in the game. DSU recorded six walks compared to the Tigers three.
Dakota State swiped seven bases in the game, while the Tigers recorded two stolen bases.
Brandon Womack (1-2) recorded his first pitching victory for DSU. He tossed a complete game and allowed one run on five hits. Womack recorded seven strikeouts.
Channing Newland (0-3) took the loss for Central Christian. He pitched 7 2/3 innings and gave up nine runs on eight hits. Newland struck out 10 DSU batters. Justin Gilmore worked 1/3 innings in relief and allowed five runs on three hits. Kevin Borntrager pitched the final inning and gave up two runs.
Dakota State continues their action on the road on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans face McPherson (Kan.) in a nine-inning game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Grant Field in McPherson, Kan.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director