JAMESTOWN, N.D. - On the third day of the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) Baseball Postseason Tournament, the fourth-seeded Dakota State University faced an elimination game against top-seeded Jamestown for a spot to get in the DAC Championship game Monday afternoon. Jamestown defeated the Trojans 7-5 at the Jack Brown Stadium.
Dakota State finished their 2010 season with a 24-20 overall record. Jamestown advanced to the championship game against third-seeded Mayville State and raised their record to 39-10.
Jamestown eliminated second-seeded Dickinson State 14-4 in eight innings earlier Monday.
Keith Woelber hit a solo home run in the opening inning to give Jamestown a 1-0 early lead.
Nick Meehan opened with a walk in the top of the third inning. He advanced to second base by a wild pitch from Trojan Lincoln Gassman. Woelber hit a single up to the middle and advanced Meehan to third base. Meehan scored by a passed ball from Trojan Jose Figueroa to give the Jimmies' 2-0 lead.
Dakota State was unable to score with a runner left on third base in the bottom of the second and third innings.
The Trojans broke their scoring drought in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Chad Hunt reached on base by a walk. Brian White hit a bunt single and advanced Hunt to second base. Josh Tiede hit a 3-run home run, his tenth home run, to give the Trojans' 3-2 lead.
Woelber was hit-by-pitch in the top of the seventh inning with one out. Griffin Sweazey hit a double to deep right field and advanced Sweazey to third base. Jesse Ramirez hit an RBI ground out to score Woelber as Jamestown tied the game at 3-3.
Figueroa opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a double for Dakota State. Bob Olson reached on base by a walk. Chaz Palmer, courtesy runner for Figueroa, was out at third base after Donald Strand recorded a fielder's choice bunt and advanced Olson to second base. With two outs, Brian White hit an RBI single to score Olson as the Trojans regained their lead at 4-3 and advanced Strand to third base. After White's attempt to steal for second base, Strand score by a defensive error from Jamestown as the Trojans expanded their lead to 5-3.
Max Boe and Kyle Montgomery hit back-to-back singles to open the top of the eighth inning for the Jimmies. Pinch hitter P.J. Pina hit a fielder's choice to advance Boe and Montgomery one base, but an error from the Trojans scored Boe to cut the Trojans' lead to 5-4. Erik Church hit a two-RBI single to score Montgomery and Pina as the Jimmies regained their lead to 6-5.
Jamestown added a run in the top of the ninth inning by Tim Penner's RBI single to score Boe for Jimmies' 7-5 lead.
Olson opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk for Dakota State. Strand added a single to advance Olson to second base. Hunt hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Olson to third base and Strand to second base. White was hit-by-pitch to set up a bases-loaded, one out situation for the Trojans. Tiede was struck out looking. Hargrove hit a fielder's choice as White was out at second as the Trojans fell short.
Tiede went 2-for-5 with a home run, a run scored and three RBIs for Dakota State. White added a double and a single. Figueroa had a double. Hargrove, Olson and Strand each had a single. Hargrove swiped base two times.
For Jamestown, Woelber went 2-for-4 with a home run, a single, two runs scored and an RBI. Boe recorded three singles, two runs and stole the bases two times. Sweazey went 2-for-3 with a double and a single. Church, Montgomery and Penner each had a single.
Lincoln Gassman started the game for Dakota State. He tossed four innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Nick Mutz (6-4) recorded the loss for the Trojans. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs (two unearned) on seven hits. He struck out three batters.
Ryan Iliff pitched 5 1/3 innings on the mount for the Jimmies. He allowed three runs on four hits. Paul Roers pitched 2/3 shutout innings. Chad Boldt (4-1) recorded the win as he pitched the final three innings. He gave up two runs (one unearned) on four hits.
Dakota State concluded the season with a third place finish in the DAC Baseball Postseason Tournament.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director