March 16, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Dakota State University (S.D.) baseball team concluded their Tucson (Ariz.) Invitational Friday evening with a doubleheader sweep over the University of Winnipeg (Canada) at Kino Sports Complex. The Trojans survived Wesmens' late offensive surge for a 15-11 victory in game one. Trailing 8-7 in the second game, DSU scored five unanswered runs to earn an 11-8 win to earn a doubleheader sweep over Winnipeg.
Dakota State, who finished the invitational with a 4-5 record, improved their overall record to 6-10.
Game 1: Dakota State (S.D.) 15, Winnipeg (Canada) 11 - FINAL
The Trojans built a 12-run lead before the Wesmens rallied back in the final inning with eight runs scored, but DSU held on to the victory.
DSU earned its first lead of the game in the top second inning – all runs scored by two outs. Ryan Schlesser hit a double. Drew Sweeter smashed an RBI triple to score Schlesser to earn a 1-0 lead. Seth Spears added an RBI double to score Sweeter, extending Trojans' lead to 2-0.
Dakota State started off the top third frame with four straight hits, including three consecutive singles by Nick Serrata, Joe Davis and David Halstead to set up a bases loaded situation. Jordan Entrikin hit a 2-RBI double to score Serrata and Davis as DSU grew their lead to 4-0. Sweeter added an RBI to score Halstead to make it 5-0 in favor of the Trojans.
Matthew Smith hit an RBI single to break up Winnipeg's scoring drought to trim their deficit to 5-1 in the bottom fourth inning.
The Trojans added three runs in the top fifth. Halstead was hit-by-pitch to start the inning. Entrikin hit a single to advance Halstead to second base. Schlesser recorded an RBI double to score Halstead to give DSU a 6-1 lead. Sweeter hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Entrikin as the Trojans' lead expanded to 7-1 (Ross Kortan – courtesy runner for Schlesser – advanced to third base). Spears produced an RBI fielder's choice to score Kortan for an 8-1 DSU lead.
The Wesmens scored a pair of runs in the bottom fifth inning to cut Dakota State's lead to 8-3.
DSU scored four runs in the sixth inning to hold a nine-run lead. With a bases loaded situation with one out for the Trojans, Schlesser hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Davis (9-3 DSU lead). Sweeter recorded an RBI single to score Halstead, followed by Spears' 2-RBI single (to score Entrikin and Sweeter) as DSU built a 12-3 lead.
The Trojans produced three runs in the top seventh inning, highlighted by pinch-hitter Jamie Jorgensen's RBI double. Schlesser and Sweeter hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 15-3 DSU.
Winnipeg exploded with eight runs in the bottom seventh frame to cut Trojans' lead to 15-11. The Wesmens left runners on base as they recorded the final two outs by pop-outs, securing the victory for Dakota State.
Sweeter was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans. He had a triple, two singles and produced four RBIs. Spears added a double, a single and recorded four RBIs. Schlesser was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Entrikin had a double, two singles and recorded three RBIs. JD Farley had two singles. Jorgensen recorded a double. Serrata, Davis and Halstead each had a hit.
Jarett Hogue had three hits for Winnipeg. Colton Carlow and Paul Esteves each had two hits. Brenden Gaunt, Brent Dunn, Tyler Kembell and Smith each added a hit. Carlow recorded three RBIs.
Zac Smith (2-0) recorded the victory on the pitching mound for DSU. He worked for 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on seven hits. He recorded four strikeouts. Seth Rockafellow pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief. Evan Steemken pitched for one out in the seventh inning and gave up eight runs (two unearned) on five hits. Bryant Westra closed the game by recording the final two outs of the game, giving up a hit.
Zack Campbell took the loss on the mound for the Wesmens. He pitched two innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. Branden Kuzyk worked for two innings in relief, giving up three runs on three hits. Adam Luellman tossed 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on four hits. Dunn gave up three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings in relief.
Dakota State outhit Winnipeg 17-13 in the game. Both teams left nine runners on base.
Game 2: Dakota State (S.D.) 11, Winnipeg (Canada) 8 - FINAL
Danny Flahie led off with a triple in the bottom first inning for the Trojans. Halstead hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Flahie to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
The Wesmens answered with a run scored in the top second inning. Esteves started the inning with a single and Dunn followed with an RBI double to score Esteves, tying the game at 1-1.
Winnipeg earned their first lead of the game in the top third frame, capped by Kembell's 2-RBI double. The Wesmens earned a 4-1 lead.
The Trojans' offense exploded for six runs to regain their lead in the bottom third. Nathan Wieneke led off with a double. Farley recorded a single to advance Wieneke to third base. Flahie blast an RBI double to score Wieneke and Farley to cut Wesmens' lead to 4-3. A defensive error caused by Winnipeg allowed Flahie to score, knotting the game at 4-4. The Trojans added two more runs by Schlesser's RBI walk and Spears' RBI single as they earned their lead back at 6-4.
Winnipeg's Shayne Turk led off the fifth inning with a double. Gaunt hit an RBI triple to score Turk to cut DSU's lead to 6-5. After Esteves reached on base by a walk, Dunn hit a 3-run home run to left field as the Wesmens earned an 8-7 lead.
Dakota State rallied back in the bottom fifth inning with a pair of RBI singles from Wieneke and Farley to earn a 9-8 lead. After Flahie hit a single to set up a bases load situation, Halstead recorded an RBI walk to score Wieneke to extend DSU lead to 10-8.
Wieneke hit an RBI single in the bottom sixth inning to expand Trojans' lead to 11-8.
Esteves recorded a double with one out in the top seventh inning for the Wesmens. The Trojans closed the game by recording the final two outs, ending with a strike-out looking as DSU won their third straight game.
Flahie was 4-for-5 at the plate for Dakota State. He had a triple, a double, two singles and produced two RBIs. Wieneke was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles and recorded three RBIs. Farley added two singles and an RBI. Lee and Spears each added a hit.
Dunn had a home run, a double and recorded four RBIs for Winnipeg. Carlow and Esteves each added two hits. Turk, Gaunt, and Kembell each had a hit.
Mitch Bouchard started the game on the pitching mound for the Trojans. He pitched for four innings and allowed eight runs (one unearned) on eight hits. Rockafellow (1-2) picked up the victory in relief as he worked for 2 1/3 innings, limiting Winnipeg to one hit. Bryant Westra recorded his first save of the season as he tossed the final two outs of the game.
Zach Dram pitched the first 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on five hits for the Wesmens. Kuzyk came in for 2/3 innings in relief. Dunn recorded the loss as he worked for 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Esteves recorded the final two outs of the bottom sixth inning.
DSU outhit Winnipeg 11-9. The Trojans left eight runners on base compared to the Wesmens' four runners on base.
Dakota State is slated to play its home opener on Thursday afternoon at the Flynn Field. The Trojans welcome their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). First pitch have not yet been determined.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director