March 9, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – Dakota State (S.D.) kicked off their nine-game stretch in the Tucson (Ariz.) Baseball Invitational Sunday morning at the Kino Sports Complex. The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring opportunities in the final inning as they fell short to Kansas Wesleyan by the score of 2-1 in a nine-inning game.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-6. The Coyotes, a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), improved their overall record to 6-11.
Both teams were unable to score through the first four innings of the game.
The Trojans earned the first lead of the game at 1-0 in the bottom fifth frame, thanks to Danny Flahie's solo home. It was his first home run of the season.
Kansas Wesleyan answered back in the top sixth inning to tie the game. Thomas Cunningham reached on base caused by DSU's defensive error. Alex Pollard recorded a walk and advanced Cunningham to second base. Chase Gordon hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Cunningham to third base and Pollard to second base. After Omar Sadaoui was hit-by-pitch to set up a bases loaded situation for KWU, Michael McGovern recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to score Cunningham to knot the game at 1-1.
The Coyotes added another run in the top seventh inning to overtake the lead from the Trojans. Pinch-hitter Jeremy Rosenthal reached on base by DSU's defensive miscue. He advanced to second base by DSU's wild pitch. Drew Cratesenberg hit a ground out to shortstop, advancing Rosenthal to third base. Thomas Conaway hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Rosenthal to gain a 2-1 lead for Kansas Wesleyan.
Nick Serrata opened the bottom ninth by hit-by-pitch for Dakota State. Ryan Schlesser hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Serrata to second base. After Joe Davis' ground out to third base, David Halstead reached on base by a walk. The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring chances as KWU's Eunsup Jung recorded a strikeout to end the game.
Flahie was 1-for-3 at the plate for the Trojans. He had a home run and an RBI. Serrata and Nathan Wieneke each added a single. Andy Lee had a hit, extending his hitting streak to seven straight games.
Cunningham and Cratsenberg each had a double for the Coyotes. Crastenberg added a single and swiped one base. Sadaoui, Kyle Perez and MaKenzie Sullivan each had a hit.
Zac Smith started the game, pitching six innings for the Trojans. He allowed an unearned run on six hits. Jordan Sovich (0-3) recorded the loss in relief as he worked for 2 1/3 innings. He gave up an unearned run on one hit. Austin Weber tossed 2/3 innings scoreless innings.
Eunsup Jung (1-1) pitched a complete game victory for Kansas Wesleyan. He allowed one run on four hits. Jung recorded nine strikeouts.
KWU outhit DSU 7-4 in the game. The Trojans committed two defensive errors compared to the Coytoes' no defensive errors.
Kansas Wesleyan left 10 runners on bases. DSU had four runners left on base.
Dakota State continues their action Monday in the Tucson Baseball Invitational. The Trojans play a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference foes (seven-inning game). DSU will face Dordt (Iowa) in the first game at 2:30 p.m. (Central Time)/12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) and Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the night cap at 6 p.m. (CT)/4 p.m. (PT). Both games will be held at the Kino Sports Complex.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director