March 26, 2014
YANKTON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) was unable to cling their 1-0 lead Wednesday evening at Riverside Park as Mount Marty (S.D.) scored three times in the bottom eighth inning for a 4-1 non-conference victory (nine-inning game). The victory also ended Trojans' six-game winning streak in the series meeting with the Lancers.
Dakota State slipped their overall record to 8-13. Mount Marty, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), won their seventh straight game to lift their overall record to 14-6.
The Trojans struck first in the fourth inning after both teams were scoreless in the first three innings. David Halstead hit a double with one out. Andy Lee reached on base caused by MMC's defensive error, advancing Halstead to third base. Ryan Schlesser recorded an RBI sacrifice to score Halstead as DSU earned their first lead of the game at 1-0.
Mount Marty answered back with a run scored in the bottom fifth frame to tie the game. Derek Blumenstock led off with a single. He advanced to second base by DSU's passed ball. Michael Sadler hit a ground out to third base and advanced Blumenstock to third base. Zac Hollenback hit an RBI single to score Blumenstock as the Lancers knotted the game at 1-1.
MMC started the bottom eighth with two consecutive walks (Tyler Edler and Derrik Nelson). Jared Miller recorded fielder's choice bunt, forcing an out for Elder on third base and advanced Nelson to second base. Mike O'Connell hit a single to set up a bases loaded and one out situation for Mount Marty.
Bryton Carlson recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to score Nelson to give the Lancers their first lead of the game at 2-1 in the bottom eighth inning. Nik Davis added an RBI single to score Miller to make it 3-1 MMC. O'Connell scored on the same play caused by DSU's defensive error to extend Lancers' lead to 4-1.
The Trojans were unable to score in the final inning as they went three-and-out, sealing the victory for MMC. DSU went three-and-out in the last three innings of the game.
Halstead was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a single for the Trojans. He had a run. Nick Serrata added a single. Schlesser recorded an RBI.
Edler, O'Connell and Blumenstock each had two singles for the Lancers. Hollenback and Davis each had a single and an RBI. Miller had a hit. Carlson and Davis each recorded an RBI.
Seth Rockafellow started the game for Dakota State. He worked for six innings and allowed one run on six hits. Rockafellow struck out three MMC's batters. Robert Roman (0-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound in relief. He tossed one-plus innings and gave up two runs and two walks. Bryant Westra closed the eighth inning as he allowed an unearned run on three hits.
Mount Marty used five different pitchers – Dakota Kirkman, Jon Hass, Josh Teichroew, Bordy Ries and Riley Stack – in each of the first five innings of the game. Hass, Teichroew and Stack each pitched a shutout inning. Kirkman gave up a hit in the first inning. Ries allowed an unearned run on one hit in the fourth inning. Michael Sadler worked the sixth and seventh innings in relief, limiting DSU to one hit. Alex Mogensen (4-0) tossed the final two shutout innings to earn the victory. He recorded five strikeouts.
Mount Marty left eight runners on base compared to the Trojans five runners left on base.
MMC outhit DSU 9-3 in the game.
The Trojans' defense recorded three double plays.
Both teams are scheduled to meet again for a nine-inning non-conference game on April 2 at Flynn Field.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column this weekend as they play their first-ever North Star Athletic Association Baseball conference games. The Trojans play Mayville State (N.D.) in a four-game series. The series were originally scheduled to play at Flynn Field, but unfavorable playing conditions had forced to move the series to Westerman Park in Lennox, S.D. The doubleheader's starting time for Saturday and Sunday will be announced soon.
Stay tuned on the DSU Athletics website (www.dsuathletics.com) to find out the game times for this weekend or follow DSU Athletics on Twitter account - @GoDaSUAthletics – for more updates.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director