DICKINSON, N.D. - For the first time this season, the Dakota State University baseball team traveled to North Dakota to play in their final Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) Postseason Tournament. The sixth-seed DSU faced third-seed Jamestown in the opening round at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. Dakota State grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but Jamestown scored 12 straight unanswered runs in the last five innings to defeat the Trojans 12-2 in eight innings.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 3-36. Jamestown lifted their record to 27-10-1. The Jimmies will face second-seed Dickinson State in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. (CT)/7 p.m. (MT) tonight (Wednesday).
DSU scored the game's first run in the opening inning. Ryan Steffensen recorded a single with two outs. He stole for second base. Chance Hargrove hit an RBI single to score Steffensen to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.
Steffensen added an RBI single to score Chaz Palmer to extend DSU's lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning.
Jamestown broke their scoring drought in the bottom of the fourth frame. With bases loaded and two outs situation, the Jimmies scored a run caused by DSU's defensive error to cut DSU's lead to 2-1.
The Jimmies produced a three-run fifth inning to overtake the lead from the Trojans at 4-2. Andy Racus hit a 2-RBI double. Tim Penner added an RBI ground out.
Griffin Sweazey hit a 2-run home run to give JC a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Jimmies added a run caused by Trojans' defensive error to make it 7-2.
In the bottom of the seventh frame, Sweazey hit his second 2-run home run to expand their lead to 9-2. Jesse Ramirez added a solo home run to make it 10-2 in favor of the Jimmies.
Jamestown added two runs in the bottom eighth frame and ended the game due to mercy run rule.
Steffensen and Seth Doxey each had two singles for the Trojans. Palmer, Jamie Barbour, Hargrove and Jake Weier each had a single. Steffensen and Hargrove each recorded an RBI.
For Jamestown, Sweazey had two home runs and four RBIs. Ramirez and Racus each had three hits. Keith Woelber, Perry Wilkinson and Penner each recorded two hits.
Jamestown outhit the Trojans 17-8. DSU committed four errors in the game.
The Jimmies left 12 runners on base. Dakota State had eight runners left on bases.
Doxey (1-6) suffered the loss for DSU. He allowed four runs (one unearned) on nine hits in four innings of work. Brandon Womack pitched two innings in relief and gave up three runs (one unearned) on four hits. Andy Lee pitched the last 1 1/3 innings of the game and allowed five runs on four hits.
Wes Hardy started the game for the Jimmies. He pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He recorded six strikeouts. Brennan Grubb (3-1) recorded the win. He tossed three innings and allowed no runs on two hits. He struck out five Trojans' batters. Blake Stewart pitched the eighth inning and gave up a hit.
Dakota State looks to stay alive in the DAC Postseason Tournament on Thursday morning. The Trojans will face the loser of Minot State (No. 5 seed)-Mayville State (No. 1 seed) game at 11 a.m. (CT)/10 a.m. (MT).
Updated DAC Baseball Postseason Tournament Schedule:
May 4, 2011
Game 1: #5 seed Minot State 19, #4 seed Valley City State 9 (8 innings)
Game 2: #3 seed Jamestown 12, #6 seed Dakota State 2 (8 innings)
Game 3: #1 seed Mayville State 15, #5 seed Minot State 10
Game 4: #3 seed Jamestown 13, #2 seed Dickinson State 2 (8 innings)
May 5, 2011
Game 5 (Loser's Out): #6 seed Dakota State vs. #5 seed Minot Stateâ€”11 a.m. (CT)/10 a.m. (MT)
Game 6 (Loser's Out): #4 seed Valley City State vs. #2 seed Dickinson Stateâ€”2 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MT)
Game 7 (Semifinals): #1 seed Mayville State vs. #3 seed Jamestownâ€”5 p.m. (CT)/4 p.m. (MT)
Game 8 (Loser's Out): Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winnerâ€”8 p.m. (CT)/7 p.m. (MT)
May 6, 2011
Game 9 (Loser's Out): Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winnerâ€”2 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MT)
Game 10 (Championship Game): Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winnerâ€”5 p.m. (CT)/4 p.m. (MT)
May 7, 2011
Game 11 (Championship Game - if necessary if Game 7 winner suffers first loss in Game 10): Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser - 2 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MT)
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director