March 10, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – A pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) foes defeated Dakota State (S.D.) on the second day of the Tucson Baseball Invitational at Kino Sports Complex Monday. Dordt (Iowa) scored 11 unanswered runs after trailing 2-0 in the first game. The Defenders defeated the Trojans by the score of 11-5 in a seven-inning game. Briar Cliff (Iowa) exploded for six runs in the bottom eighth inning to earn a 9-5 victory over DSU in the nine-inning game night cap.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-8. Dordt is 6-0 record after the victory over the Trojans. Briar Cliff improved to 4-7 overall record.
Dordt (Iowa) 11, Dakota State (S.D.) 5 - FINAL
The Trojans earned the first lead of the game by scoring twice in the bottom first inning. Nick Serrata started with a walk for DSU. He advanced to second base by DC's passed ball. Joe Davis hit an RBI double to score Serrata for the first run of the game. After the Defenders committed a defensive error to advance Davis to third base, Danny Flahie hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Davis as DSU gained a 2-0 early lead.
Dordt scored three times in the top second frame to overtake a 3-2 lead, thanks to a pair of RBI singles from Dane LePlatt and Cameron Gingerich. The Defenders added a run caused by Trojans' defensive miscue.
DC recorded six runs and six hits in the top fourth inning to extend their lead to 9-2. The Defenders opened the inning with three straight singles by LePlatt, Jake Thayer and Gingerich. Nathan Fraley recorded an RBI single, followed by Jason Wapnick's RBI walk. Andy Kollbaum had an RBI sacrifice fly and Bryan Wallman added a 2-RBI triple. Jon Holwerda recorded an RBI single to wrap up a six-run fourth inning outburst.
The Defenders added two more runs (Kollbaum's RBI double and Holwerda's RBI single) in the top sixth inning to make it 11-2.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought in the bottom sixth with three runs scored. Ryan Schlesser hit a single with one out. He advanced to second base by DC"s wild pitch. Davis recorded a single to advance Schlesser to third base. David Halstead produced an RBI single to score Schleester to cut DC's lead to 11-3.
Flahie added a 2-RBI triple to score Davis and Halstead to trim DSU's deficit to 11-5.
Dakota State was unable to convert their scoring chances in the bottom seventh inning as they left three runners on base.
Davis went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans with a double and two singles. Flahie recorded a triple and three RBIs. Halstead had two singles. Schlesser and Andy Lee each had a hit. Davis and Halstead each recorded an RBI.
Thayer, Gingerich, Holwerda and LePlatt each had two hits for the Defenders. Fraley, Kollbaum and Wallman each had a hit. Kollbaum, Wallman and Holwerda each recorded two RBIs.
Dordt recorded four stolen bases in the game – two stolen bases by Kollbaum. Wapnick and Fraley each swiped one base.
Robert Roman (0-2) recorded the loss for DSU. He worked for three-plus innings and allowed five runs (two unearned) on four hits. Roman recorded four strikeouts. Mike Chartier pitched 2/3 innings in relief and gave up four runs on four hits. Jamie Jorgensen tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He struck out three DC's batters. Ross Kortan worked the ninth inning, yielding DC to one hit.
Aaron Parks started the game for Dordt. He went 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one unearned) on two hits. He struck out six DSU's batters. John Drenten (1-0) recorded the victory in relief as he pitched two innings. He gave up three runs on five hits. Jeremy Engbers tossed the final 1 2/3 innings of the game, allowing one hit.
Dakota State left 15 runners on bases. DC had 10 runners left on base.
The Defenders outhit the Trojans 11-8 in the game. Both teams committed two defensive errors.
Briar Cliff (Iowa) 9, Dakota State (S.D.) 4
The Chargers broke up a 3-3 tie with six-run outburst in the bottom eighth inning and held on to a 9-4 victory over the Trojans in a nine-inning game.
After four-and-half scoreless innings, Briar Cliff took the first lead of the game with two runs scored. Branden Amenta hit an RBI triple, followed by Joshua Penrod's RBI single to give BC a 2-0 lead.
Dakota State answered back with two runs scored in the top sixth frame. David Halstead hit a double with one out to advance Davis (he recorded a fielder's choice) to third base. Seth Spears produced a 2-RBI two-out single to score Halstead and Davis to knot the game at 2-2.
The Trojans earned their first lead of the game at 3-2 after Flahie hit an RBI triple to score Nathan Wieneke in the top seventh inning.
The Chargers tied the game by scoring a run in the bottom seventh frame. Matt Boswell recorded an RBI sacrifice to tie the game at 3-3.
Briar Cliff exploded for six runs in the bottom eighth inning, highlighted with Matt Fiechtner's 3-run home run. The Chargers extended their lead to 9-3.
Davis hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the top ninth inning (to score Jorgenson) to cut BC's lead to 9-4. DSU was unable to score more runs as they left two runners on base when the game ended.
Spears was 2-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans, producing two singles and two RBIs. Flahie added a triple and a double with an RBI. Lee added a hit, extending his hitting streak to nine straight games. Davis had a single and an RBI. Jordan Entrikin had a triple. Halstead recorded a double. Davis, Halstead, Wieneke and Jorgensen each scored once.
Penrod was 3-for-4 at the plate for Dordt with two RBIs. Fiechtner added a home run, a single and recorded three RBIs. Amenta had a triple and a single. Gary Davis had three singles.
Mitch Bouchard started the game for Dakota State. He worked for 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs (one unearned) on eight hits. Bouchard recorded four strikeouts. Bryant Westra worked the final two outs of the seventh inning, limiting Briar Cliff to one hit. Austin Weber (1-1) recorded the loss as he allowed six runs (four unearned) on four hits in the eighth inning.
Dylan Romo pitched the first 6 2/3 innings of the game for the Chargers. He gave up three runs on six hits. Romo struck out ten Trojan batters. Adam Alexander (1-0) picked up the victory in relief as he allowed a run on two hits.
BC outhit DSU 13-8 in the game.
Both teams left nine runners on base.
Dakota State looks to end their four-game losing skid as they play a pair of games on Tuesday afternoon in the Tucson Baseball Invitational. The Trojans play Missouri Valley at 1 p.m. (Central Time)/11 a.m. (Pacific Time). DSU play another GPAC foe in the second game Tuesday versus Concordia (Neb.). First pitch is set for 4 p.m. (CT)/2 p.m. (PT).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director