February 17, 2014
GOODWELL, Okla. – Dakota State (S.D.) was unable to close the game in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday as Oklahoma Panhandle State rallied back for a 7-6 nine-inning baseball game victory at the Aggie Baseball Field. The victory gave Aggies a three-game series sweep over the Trojans.
Dakota State is 0-3 overall record. Oklahoma Panhandle State, a NCAA Division II, lifted their overall record to 3-7.
The Trojans exploded for three runs in the opening inning to earn a 3-0 lead. After Ryan Schlesser reached on base on OPS's defensive error, Joe Davis hit an RBI double for Trojans' first lead of the game at 1-0.
The Trojans added a run in the top of the fifth inning to make it 4-0.
Oklahoma Panhandle State broke their scoring drought in the bottom fifth inning. The Aggies scored their first run of the game caused by DSU's defensive error to cut their deficit to 4-1. Jordan Bernal added an RBI single to make it 4-2 in favor of the Trojans.
Bernal hit an RBI ground and Evan Offutt hit an RBI double as OPS tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th inning.
The Trojans regained their lead in the top eighth inning with two runs scored. Nick Serrata and Nathan Wieneke hit back-to-back singles with one out. Both Serrata and Wieneke advanced one base due to OPS's balk. Danny Flahie hit an RBI ground out to score Serrata to give DSU a 5-4 lead. Schlesser added an RBI single to score Wieneke as the Trojans' lead grew to 6-4.
The Aggies rallied back in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a victory with three runs scored. Lucas Ogaz started the bottom ninth frame with a triple. Peyton Osbon recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to score Ogaz to cut DSU's lead to 6-5.
Bernal reached on base by a walk with one out for the Aggies. After Chris McClendon was struck out swinging, Ruben Aguirre reached on base by a walk and advanced McClendon with two outs.
Nick Crosswhite hit a walk-off 2-RBI double to score Bernal and Jordan Sprouse (pinch runner for Aguirre).
It was the second straight comeback victory for the Aggies in the final inning of the game (defeated the Trojans in 10 innings in the second game on Feb. 16).
Schlesser and Davis was 3-for-5 at the plate and recorded an RBI for the Trojans. Davis had a double. Serrata added two singles. Flahie, Farley, Andy Lee and Wieneke each had a hit.
Farley recorded two RBIs for Dakota State. Flahie had an RBI. Schlesser scored twice in the game. Davis, Entrikin , Serrata and Wieneke each had a run scored.
Crosswhite had a double and recorded two RBIs for the Aggies. Bernal added two RBIs. Ogaz had a triple. Aguirre and Offutt each had a double.
Ogaz, Osbon and Offutt each had an RBI for Oklahoma Panhandle State. Ogaz and Bo Ybarra each recorded a stolen base.
The Trojans outhit the Aggies 12-8 in the game. DSU committed four defensive errors compared to OPS two defensive errors.
DSU left 11 runners on base. Oklahoma Panhandle State had eight runners left on base.
Both teams recorded a double play in the game.
Zac Smith started the game on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He tossed five innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits. Robert Roman pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs on two hits. Drew Sweeter also pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs on three hits.
Bryant Westra (0-1) recorded the loss for the Trojans. He pitched for 1/3 innings and allowed one run on one hit.
Each of the four DSU pitchers in the game recorded a strikeout.
Tom Parker pitched five innings and allowed four runs (one unearned) on seven hits for the Aggies. Josh Casilla came in for 2 1/3 innings in relief. He gave up two runs on three hits. Dylan Chavez (1-0) picked up the victory as he tossed 1 2/3 innings and limited DSU to two hits.
Dakota State continues their action on the road with a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday. The Trojans search for the first victory of the season as they visit Central Christian (Kan.). The doubleheader kicks off on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes the four-game series with a doubleheader on Sunday at 12 p.m. The four-game series take place in McPherson, Kan.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director