April 6, 2014
MINOT, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) extended their season-high winning streak to six games as they cruised past Dickinson State (N.D.) in North Star Athletic Association (NSAA)/Frontier Baseball conference doubleheader at Jack Hoeven Field. The Trojans completed a four-game series sweep over the Blue Hawks by the scores of 14-3 in the first game and 6-4 in the second game.
Dakota State raised their overall record to 15-16 and 5-3 NSAA/Frontier conference record. Dickinson State lost seven straight games and fell to 5-27 overall record, 1-7 NSAA/Frontier.
Game 1 – Dakota State (S.D.) 14, Dickinson State (N.D.) 3 – FINAL
The Trojans exploded for three runs in the opening inning for their first lead of the game. Ryan Schlesser and David Halstead recorded back-to-back walks with one out. Danny Flahie hit a single to advance Danny Lopiparo (courtesy runner for Schlesser) to third base and Halstead to second base, setting up a bases loaded situation.
Dakota State added two runs in the top third frame, thanks to back-to-back triples by Halstead and Flahie to lead off the inning. Davis added an RBI single to make it 5-0 in favor of the Trojans.
DSU put together a four-run sixth inning as their lead grew to 9-0. The Trojans recorded four hits in the inning (Jamie Jorgensen, Ian Barker, Schlesser and Serrata) while DiSU committed a defensive error and gave up two walks (to Riley Bullington and Flahie).
Dickinson State broke their scoring drought in the bottom sixth frame with three runs scored. Jeff VanCleave and Thad Lane hit back-to-back doubles to cut DaSU's lead to 9-3. VanCleave recorded an RBI, while Lane added two RBIs.
Dakota State added five runs in the final inning where the Trojans led off with four consecutive hits. Drew Sweeter, Jorgensen and Nathan Wieneke each hit a single to set up a bases loaded situation for DaSU.
Barker recorded a 2-RBI double to score Sweeter and Jorgensen to make it 11-3 Trojans. After Halstead reached on base by a walk and Flahie with a single, Davis hit a 2-RBI single to score Barker and Halstead to extend Trojans' lead to 13-3. Serrata added an RBI single to score Flahie to make it 14-3 DaSU.
The Blue Hawks left one runner on base as the Trojans secured the victory.
Davis was 4-for-5 at the plate with four singles, swiped one base and produced four RBIs for Dakota State. Barker and Serrata each added three singles and three RBIs. Halstead had a triple. Jorgensen had two singles. Schlesser, Sweeter and Wieneke each recorded a single.
Flahie was 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, two singles and recorded two RBIs for the Trojans. He broke the new Trojan Baseball record book for most triples in a single season with five triples, breaking the previous old mark of four triples set by three different Trojan players – Josh Wells, Chris Ebnet and Brandon Jiles. Flahie also tied the Trojan Baseball record book for most career triples with six triples (Chaz Palmer).
Austin Taft, Lane and VanCleave each recorded a double for DiSU. Lane had two RBIs. Jordan Tescher and Ryan Risse each had two singles. Caleb Burgard had a hit. Lane recorded two RBIs.
Seth Rockafellow (3-2) recorded the victory for Dakota State. He pitched four scoreless innings and allowed seven hits. Mike Chartier tossed two innings in relief. He gave up three runs on three hits. Lopiparo came in and closed the game in the seventh inning.
Eric Seiler (1-4) picked up the loss on the pitching mound for the Blue Hawks. He only lasted for an out and allowed three runs on four hits. Chas Allen tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits. Taylor Kraenzel worked for two innings (gave up four runs – one unearned on five hits). Brock Overbo pitched in the seventh inning and allowed five runs on seven hits.
DaSU outhit DiSU 19-10 in the game. Both teams left eight runners on base and recorded two double plays.
Game 2 – Dakota State (S.D.) 6, Dickinson State (N.D.) 4 – FINAL
Dakota State jumped to a 2-0 quick lead in the opening inning of the second game. Barker started the game with a double. Sweeter reached on base by a walk. Flahie hit an RBI single to score Barker for 1-0 DaSU lead. Davis added an RBI to score Sweeter to give the Trojans a two-run lead.
DiSU Eric Contreras recorded an RBI single to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the bottom first frame.
DaSU added a run in the top second inning after leading off with three straight singles by JD Farley, Jordan Entrikin and Wieneke. Sweeter hit an RBI fielder's choice to score Farley to make it 3-1 in favor of the Trojans.
After recording two outs in the top fifth inning, Trojan Halstead hit a single. Flahie smashed an RBI double to score Halstead to extend Dakota State's lead to 4-1. Davis added an RBI single to score Flahie to make it 5-1 DaSU.
Dickinson State trimmed Trojans' lead to 5-2 after Burgard hit an RBI single in the bottom fifth frame.
Flahie recorded his third RBI of the game after he hit a single to score Barker, who led off the seventh inning with a single, to help Trojans expand their lead to 6-2.
The Blue Hawks mounted a late rally in the bottom seventh inning by starting with three straight singles by Sam Bisson, Taft and Burgard. Jordan Tescher hit an RBI fielder's choice to score Bisson to cut DaSU's lead to 6-3 (Burgard was forced out at second base).
With two outs, Chris Mjelstead hit an RBI single to score Taft to reduce Trojans' lead to 6-4. Dakota State ended the game as Blue Hawk Ryan Risse hit a ground out.
Flahie was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans with a double, two singles and recorded three RBIs. Barker added a double and a single. Davis had two hits and two RBIs. Farley, Entrikin and Wieneke each added a single.
Burgard, Mjelstad and Bisson each had two singles for Dickinson State. Taft, Contreras, VanCleave and Lane each added a hit. Burgard, Tescher, Contreras and Mjelstad each recorded an RBI.
Mitch Bouchard (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Trojans. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs (one unearned) on six hits. Bryant Westra picked up his fifth save of the season as he tossed the seventh inning. He gave up two runs on four hits.
Tim Catalano (0-4) recorded the loss for the Blue Hawks. He allowed five runs on eight hits. Brendan Hardaway pitched a shutdown sixth inning in relief. Sean White worked the seventh inning, giving up a run on three hits.
DaSU had 11 hits compared to DiSU 10 hits.
Dickinson State left eight runners on base. The Trojans had five runners left on base.
Defensively, DaSU recorded two double plays by Wieneke, Flahie, Bouchard, Entrikin and Halstead (twice).
Dakota State continues their action on the road with a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans visit their in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. at the Riverside Park in Yankton.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director