March 20, 2014
WINNER, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) was unable to hold on to their lead Thursday afternoon in a non-conference baseball doubleheader action versus long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) at Winner Baseball Field. The Tigers won by the scores of 9-7 and 5-2.
Dakota State's three-game winning streak was snapped, dipping their overall record to 6-12. Dakota Wesleyan, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, improved their overall record to 12-8.
Game 1: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 9, Dakota State (S.D.) 7 - FINAL
The Tigers exploded for four runs in the opening inning to earn a 4-0 lead. Ben Spitznagel led off with a walk and swiped to second base. Cole Wenande hit an RBI double to score Spitznagel for DWU's first run of the game. The Tigers added a run caused by DSU's defensive error to make it 2-0. Jared Neilan hit an RBI triple and Cody Silveria recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to give DWU a four-run lead.
Sam Schumacher hit an RBI single to extend Tigers' lead to 5-0 in the bottom second inning.
DWU made it 6-0 after Neil Nagle recorded an RBI sacrifice fly in the third inning.
The Trojans broke their scoring drought in the top fourth inning with five runs scored. Nick Serrata started the inning with a bunt single. Ryan Schlesser hit a double to advance Serrata to third base. A pair of passed balls by DWU allowed Serrata and Schlesser to score to cut DSU's deficit to 5-2.
David Halstead reached on base by a walk. Seth Spears hit an RBI double to score Halstead to cut DWU's lead to 5-3 in the top fourth inning. The Trojans added a pair of runs from Drew Sweeter (hit-by-pitch) and Spears as DSU reduced their deficit to 6-5.
Dakota State earned their first lead of the game in the top fifth frame. Halstead was hit-by-pitch, followed by Danny Flahie's single to advance Halstead to second base. Joe Davis hit an RBI single to score Halstead to knot the game at 6-6. Sweeter added an RBI sacrifice fly to score Flahie as the Trojans earned a 7-6 lead.
The Tigers answered back with two runs scored in the bottom fifth, thanks to a pair of doubles by Schumacher and Nagle. Nagle hit a 2-RBI double as the Tigers regained their lead at 8-7.
DWU added a run in the bottom sixth inning after opening with three straight singles by Austin Calhoon, Spitznagel and Wenande. A passed ball by DSU allowed Calhoon to score, extending DWU lead to 9-7.
The Trojans were unable to score in the final inning as the Tigers secured the victory.
Spears and Schlesser each had a double for DSU. Serrata, Flahie and Davis each added a single. Davis, Spears and Sweeter each produced an RBI.
Schumacher had three hits for the Tigers. Nagle added a double and recorded three RBIs. Spitznagel and Wenande each added two hits. Neilan and Calhoon each had a hit. Neilan recorded a triple.
Jamie Jorgensen started the game for Dakota State. He pitched the first inning and gave up four runs (one unearned) on three hits. Robert Roman tossed two innings in relief, allowing two runs (one unearned) on two hits. Danny Lopiparo (0-1) recorded the loss as he pitched two innings (two runs on two hits). Evan Steemken pitched the sixth inning and gave up one run on three hits.
Chris Housley tossed two shutout innings on the pitching mound for the Tigers. Patrick Whetman pitched a shutout third inning. Kevin Hatcher worked for 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (two unearned) on three hits. Mickey Grant worked for one out in the fourth inning. Dustin Steckler (1-0) picked up the victory as he pitched two innings. He allowed two runs on two hits. Shaun Dean recorded his first save as he tossed a scoreless seventh inning to close the game.
DWU outhit the Trojans 10-5 in the game. Both teams left five runners on base and committed three errors.
Game 2: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 2 – FINAL
DSU grabbed their first lead of the game in the opening inning. Andy Lee hit a double with one out. Flahie recorded an RBI single to score Lee to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers responded back with three runs scored in the bottom third frame. DWU led off with two straight walks (Michael Johnson and Schumacher). Cody Silveria hit a 2-RBI double to score Johnson and Schumacher to give Dakota Wesleyan a 2-1 lead. The Tigers added a run caused by DSU's defensive miscue to extend their lead to 3-1.
Dakota State scored once in the top fifth inning to reduce their deficit to 3-2. After recording the first two outs, Halstead and Flahie hit back-to-back singles. Davis was hit-by-pitch to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans. Jordan Entrikin recorded an RBI walk to score Halstead to trim their deficit by one run.
Slivera added his second 2-RBI double in the bottom sixth inning as DWU's lead grew to 5-2.
DSU could not score in the final inning as they left one runner on base, securing a doubleheader sweep for DWU.
Lee was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans with a double and two singles. Flahie added two singles and an RBI. Serrata and Halstead each had a single. Entrikin recorded an RBI.
Silveria had two doubles and four RBIs for DWU. Johnson added two singles. Spitznagel, Ben Lader, Neilan, Nagle, Tyler Johnson and Wenande each had a hit.
Taylor Boerger started on the pitching mound for DSU. He tossed two innings and allowed one hit. Ross Kortan (0-1) recorded the loss in relief as he worked for two innings. He gave up three runs (one unearned) on three hits. Luke Gassman in the fifth inning, giving up four hits. David Novak tossed the sixth inning and allowed two runs on two hits.
DWU used six different pitchers in the game as Kyle Larson started the game by pitching two innings. He allowed one run on two hits. Joey Fitzgerald (1-0) recorded the victory as he tossed one inning in relief (gave up one hit). Logan Riss pitched a scoreless fourth inning. Will Lutjen worked for 2/3 innings and gave up one run on two hits. Wes Snyder pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed two hits. Darrin Hager pitched a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his first save of the season.
The Tigers outhit DSU 10-8. The Trojans left 12 runners on base compared to DWU 10 runners left on base. Both teams committed two defensive errors.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column this weekend as they play a four-game series. The Trojans travel to Seward, Neb. to visit another GPAC foe – Concordia (Neb.). The doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at Plum Creek Park.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director