March 29, 2014
WAYNE, Neb. – Dakota State (S.D.) made history Saturday afternoon at the City of Wayne's baseball field as they came-from-behind to defeat Mayville State (N.D.) in the first game of the North Star Athletic Association baseball conference game. Jordan Entrikin hit a walk-off RBI single in Trojans' 5-4 victory in the first game of the doubleheader. The Comets shut down DSU 12-0 in the seven innings of the second game (a nine-inning game) to earn a doubleheader split.
Dakota State is 9-14 overall record after the split. Mayville State, who qualified for the NAIA Baseball National Tournament last season, is 19-8 overall record. Both teams are 1-1 in the North Star Athletic Association conference games.
Game 1 – Dakota State (S.D.) 5, Mayville State (N.D.) 4 – FINAL
The Trojans erased a 4-0 deficit, thanks to a four-run fourth inning to tie the game, and scored the winning run in the final inning for DSU's first conference victory.
After a scoreless first inning, the Comets scored the first runs of the game. MSU led off with three consecutive singles from Zach Mihic, Rowdy Dove and Aaron Miller. The Trojans recorded a double play, where Taylor Skytland (courtesy runner for Mihic) was out at home and John Cahill was out at first base.
With two runners on base with two outs (Dove on third base and Miller on second base), Christian Berry hit a 2-RBI double to score Dove and Miller to give Mayville State a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
MSU added two runs in the top third frame to expand their lead. Spencer Kidder and John Pistulka hit back-to-back singles with one out. Mihic recorded an RBI single to score Kidder, along with a DSU's defensive error on the same play to score Pistulka for a 4-0 MSU lead.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought in the bottom fourth inning, highlighted by recording four walks at the plate. Seth Spears and Entrikin recorded back-to-back base-on-balls. JD Farley reached on base caused by MSU's defensive error to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans. Nathan Wieneke recorded an RBI walk to score Spears for DSU's first run of the game (4-1 MSU lead).
DSU's Danny Flahie grounded into a double play, but recorded an RBI to score Ross Kortan (courtesy runner for Entrikin) to cut MSU's lead to 4-2 in the bottom fourth frame (and advanced Farley to third base). A wild pitch by Mayville State allowed Farley to score, reducing DSU's deficit to one run at 4-3.
Nick Serrata recorded DSU's fourth walk of the bottom fourth inning with two outs. After MSU's pitching change, Joe Davis was safe at first base caused by Comets' defensive miscue and advanced Serrata to second base. David Halstead hit an RBI single to score Serrata to knot the game at 4-4.
Austin Weber (4-1), starting pitcher for the Trojans, retired 13 straight MSU's batters from the last two outs of the top third inning through the first two outs of the top seventh inning. Bryan Jacklitch broke up the hitless drought by hitting a single for the Comets in the top seventh frame. He swiped to second base.
MSU's Spencer Mallonee was struck out swinging, but reached safely after a dropped third strike passed ball by Dakota State (and advanced Jacklitch to third base). The Trojans ended MSU's scoring changes as Jacklitch was picked off at third base.
Halstead reached on base by a walk with one out in the bottom seventh inning for Dakota State. Andy Lee hit a single to advance Danny Lopiparo – pinch runner for Halstead – to second base. Spears added a single to advance Lopiparo to third base and Lee to second base.
Entrikin hit a single to left with one out to allow Lopiparo to score the winning run, ending Trojans' seven-game losing skid in the series meeting with Mayville State.
Entrikin was 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles and an RBI for Dakota State. Halstead had three walks, a single and an RBI in the game. Wieneke added a single and an RBI. Spears and Lee each had a single. Serrta, Lopiparo, Spears, Kortan and Farley each recorded a run scored.
Mihic had two singles and RBI for the Comets. Berry added a double and two RBIs. Kidder had two hits. Jacklitch, Pistulka, Dove and Miller each had a single. Jacklitch swiped two bases.
Weber tossed a complete game victory for the Trojans. He allowed four runs (one unearned) on nine hits. Weber struck out six MSU's batters.
Alex Brockpahler started the game on the pitching mound for the Comets. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up four runs (three unearned) on two hits. Brockpahler gave up six walks. Camran Bonnema (2-2) recorded the loss in relief as he worked for 2 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits. He recorded five strikeouts.
MSU outhit the Trojans 9-6 in the game. The Comets committed three defensive errors compared to DSU one defensive error.
Dakota State left 10 runners on base. Mayville State left four runners on base.
Game 2 – Mayville State (N.D.) 12, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL/7 innings
The Comets bounced back in the second game (nine-inning game) of the doubleheader by scoring at least a run in every inning, except the second and seventh innings.
Mihic hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the opening inning to give MSU a 1-0 lead.
The Comets hit three straight singles with one out (Mallonee, Kiddler and Pistulka) in the top third inning. Pistulka recorded an RBI single to extend Mayville State's lead to 2-0.
MSU scored a total of 10 runs from the fourth inning through the sixth innings, highlighted by a five-run sixth inning, to earn a 12-run lead (12-0).
The Trojans left one runner on base in the bottom seventh frame, secured the victory for Mayville State by the mercy-run rule.
Flahie was 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles for DSU. Davis, Lee and Wieneke each added a single. Lee had a stolen base.
Cahill recorded a double, two singles and three RBIs for MSU. Berry added two singles and produced three RBIs. Miller had a double, single and scored twice. Mallonee had a double, two singles and an RBI. Mihic and Dove each had a hit and an RBI. Pistulka recorded two singles, two RBIs and swiped two bases.
Zac Smith (3-1) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs (two unearned) on seven hits. Lopiparo worked for 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on four hits. Taylor Boerger led off the sixth inning and gave up five runs on three hits. David Novak came in sixth inning and allowed two hits. Evan Steemken pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief.
Aaron Dick (6-0) pitched a complete game victory for Mayville State. He limited DSU to five hits and recorded six strikeouts.
The Comets outhit the Trojans 16-5 in the game.
MSU left 10 runners on base compared to DSU four runners on base.
Mayville State and Dakota State will conclude their four-game series Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader. The first game is slated to start at 12 noon at the City of Wayne's baseball field in Wayne, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director