April 5, 2014
MINOT, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) erased a 2-0 deficit Saturday afternoon in the first game (seven-inning game) of the North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Baseball conference doubleheader with three runs in the top seventh inning for a 3-2 victory over Dickinson State (N.D.) at Jack Hoeven Park. The Trojans raced to an 8-2 lead after third inning in the second game (nine-inning game), completing a doubleheader sweep over the Blue Hawks with a 9-3 win.
Dakota State won their season-high fourth straight game and second straight doubleheader sweep. The Trojans improved their overall record to 13-16 and 3-3 NSAA/Frontier conference record. Dickinson State – a member of the Frontier conference – dropped to 5-25 overall record and 1-5 NSAA/Frontier record.
Game 1 – Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Dickinson State (N.D.) 2 – FINAL
The Blue Hawks jumped to a 2-0 early lead in the bottom first inning after Chris Mjelstad's 2-RBI double.
Dakota State broke up their scoreless drought by rallying back in the final inning. Danny Flahie and Joe Davis hit back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh inning. Andy Lee recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Flahie to third base and Davis to second base.
Ryan Schlesser, pinch hitting for Seth Spears, hit an RBI single to score Flahie for DSU's first run of the game (2-1 in favor of the Blue Hawks). After Davis advanced to third from Schlesser's single, a wild pitch by DiSU allowed Davis to score and knot the game at 2-2.
Dickinson State left one runner on base in the bottom seventh frame as DSU sealed the victory.
Davis had two singles for DaSU. Flahie and Lee each added a hit. Schlesser and Sweeter each had a single and an RBI. Flahie, Davis and Schlesser each scored a run.
Mjelstad recorded a double, single and two RBIs for the Blue Hawks. Joe Binstock and Ryan Risse each added a single.
Austin Weber (5-1) tossed a complete game victory for Dakota State. He recorded a season-high nine strikeouts on the pitching mound. After giving up two unearned runs one hit in the first inning, Weber retired the next 18 of 21 batters to close the game (allowed three hits from second through seventh innings – gave up four total hits in the game).
Eric Contreras (1-1) picked up the loss for Dickinson State. He worked for 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on five hits. Contreras struck out seven DaSU's batters. Ian Anderson pitched for one out in the seventh inning, giving up a hit.
The Trojans outhit the Blue Hawks 6-4 in the game. Both teams had one defensive error.
DiSU left five runners on base compared to DaSU four runners left on base.
Game 2 – Dakota State (S.D.) 9, Dickinson State (S.D.) 3 – FINAL
Dakota State jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opening inning in the second game of the doubleheader. Schlesser hit a single with one out. David Halstead hit an RBI double to score Danny Lopiparo (courtesy runner for Schlesser) for DSU's first run of the game. Flahie added an RBI single to score Halstead to extend DSU's lead to 2-0 (Flahie advanced to second base caused by DiSU's defensive miscue on the same play).
Davis reached on base by a walk for DaSU. Nick Serrata hit a single to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans. JD Farley reached safely after the Blue Hawks committed a defensive error with two outs, allowing Flahie and Davis to score as DSU's lead grew to four runs.
Dickinson State answered back with two runs scored in the bottom first. Jordan Tescher hit an RBI double and the Blue Hawks added a run caused by the Trojans' defensive error to cut DaSU's lead to 4-2.
Schlesser and Halstead led off the top second inning with back-to-back singles for Dakota State. Flahie reached on base after DiSU recorded a defensive error, setting up another bases loaded situation for the Trojans. Davis hit a 3-RBI double to score Lopipario (courtesy runner for Schlesser), Halstead and Flahie to extend Dakota State's lead to 7-2.
Ian Baker smashed a solo home run to lead off the top third inning to expand Trojans' lead to 8-2.
Thad Lane recorded an RBI single in the bottom sixth frame to reduce Blue Hawks' deficit to 8-3.
Barker added another lead-off solo home run – his third home run this season – to give DaSU a 9-3 lead in the top eight inning.
The Blue Hawks left one runner on base in the final inning as Dakota State earned their fourth straight victory.
Barker had two home runs and two RBIs for the Trojans. Davis added two doubles, a single and produced three RBIs. Schlesser had three singles. Halstead had two hits. Flahie, Serrata and Lee each added a single. Riley Bullington had a double. Barker, Lopiparo, Halstead and Flahie each scored twice. Farley swiped one base.
Binstock and Taft each had a double and a single for Dickinson State. Tescher had a double and an RBI. Lane had two singles, a stolen base and an RBI. Contreras recorded a single.
Jordan Sovich (1-5) earned his first victory of the season as he worked six innings on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He allowed three runs (two unearned) on five hits. Mike Chartier pitched two innings in relief and limited DiSU to three hits. Spears tossed the ninth inning, giving up a hit.
Brendan Hardaway (0-5) recorded the loss for the Blue Hawks. He pitched two innings and gave up eight runs (three unearned) on nine hits. Chas Allen worked for five innings in relief, yielding two hits. Sean White tossed two innings, giving up a run on three hits.
The Trojans outhit DiSU 14-9 in the game. Dickinson State left 10 runners on base, while the Trojans left nine runners on base.
DaSU's defense recorded a double play in the game by Nathan Wieneke, Flahie and Halstead.
Both teams will complete their NSAA/Frontier baseball four-game series on Sunday. Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak as they play another doubleheader with Dickinson State. First pitch from the Jack Hoeven Park in Minot, N.D. is set for 12 noon.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director