April 9, 2014
YANKTON, S.D. – The Dakota State University baseball team made their second trip this season to the Riverside Park Wednesday afternoon, visiting their in-state rival Mount Marty. The Trojans recorded extended their season-high winning streak to seven games after a 6-4 game one victory, but the Lancers rallied back to defeat DSU in the night cap by the score of 10-5 to earn a doubleheader split.
Dakota State is 16-17 overall record. Mount Marty, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, is 16-15.
Game 1 – Dakota State (S.D.) 6, Mount Marty (S.D.) 4 – FINAL
Ian Baker smashed a solo home run to lead off the game, giving the Trojans a 1-0 quick lead. It was his fourth home run this season.
The Lancers would answer back with a run scored in the bottom first to tie the game. Zac Hollenback started with a single for MMC. He advanced to second on a stolen base. Alex Mueller recorded a single and advanced Hollenback to third base. Jared Miller hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Hollenback to knot the game at 1-1.
After two scoreless innings, the Trojans scored once in the top fourth. Jamie Jorgensen reached on base by a walk with one out. Jordan Entrikin also recorded a walk with two outs and advanced Jorgensen to second base. A balk by Mount Marty allowed Jorgensen and Danny Lopiparo (courtesy runner for Entrikin) to advance one base. Nathan Wieneke hit an RBI single to score Jorgensen as DSU regained their lead at 2-1.
Dakota State opened the fifth inning with three consecutive singles by Nick Serrata, David Halstead and Danny Flahie to set up a bases loaded situation. Joe Davis produced an RBI sacrifice fly to score Serrata as DSU extended their lead to 3-1. The Trojans were unable to add more runs as they left three runners on base.
Jared Miller hit an RBI single to score Hollenback, who led off the bottom fifth inning with a single, as MMC cut DSU's lead to 3-2.
The Trojans extended their lead in the top sixth with three runs scored. Wieneke reached on base by Lancers' defensive error. Serrata and Halstead each recorded base-on-balls to set up a bases loaded situation. Flahie hit an RBI single to score Wieneke to make it 4-2 in favor of DSU. Davis added a 2-RBI single to score Serrata and Halstead as Trojans increased their lead to 6-2.
The Lancers produced two runs in the bottom sixth inning to cut Dakota State's lead to 6-4.
DSU secured the game in the final inning as Mount Marty left a runner on first base, giving the Trojans their seventh straight victory.
Barker was 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run, single and an RBI for Dakota State. Davis added a hit and produced three RBIs. Flahie had two singles and an RBI. Wieneke recorded a single and an RBI. Serrata and Halstead each had a hit.
Hollenback, Jared Miller, Byrton Carlson and Julian Cutolo each had two hits for the Lancers. Miller recorded two RBIs. Derek Blumenstock had a double.
Zac Smith (4-1) picked up the victory for the Trojans. He tossed four innings and allowed one run on five hits. Seth Spears worked for one inning in relief and gave up three runs on four hits. Bryant Westra earned his sixth save of the season as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
Michael Sadler (0-1) recorded the loss for MMC. He worked for four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Dustin Haffeman pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and gave up four runs (one unearned) on five hits. Riley Stack tossed the final two outs in the top sixth inning. Carlson pitched a shutdown seventh inning in relief.
MMC outhit DSU 10-8 in the game.
The Trojans left 10 runners on base compared to the Lancers eight runners left on base.
Game 2 – Mount Marty (S.D.) 10, Dakota State (S.D.) 5 – FINAL
Dakota State exploded for five runs in the top second inning, but it was not enough as Lancers went on to score 10 unanswered runs from the third through sixth innings for the victory.
The Trojans kicked off the top second inning with three straight singles by Davis, Serrata and Jorgensen. A passed ball committed by MMC allowed Davis to score to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
JD Farley added an RBI ground out to score Serrata to extend Trojans' lead to 2-0 in the top second frame. DSU made it 3-0 after Barker hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Jorgensen. The Trojans added a pair of RBI singles from Halstead and Davis to extend their lead to five runs.
The Lancers broke their scoring drought in the bottom third inning with three runs scored, thanks to Mueller's RBI double and Miller's 2-RBI triple (DSU still holds a 5-3 lead).
Mount Marty scored five times in the bottom fifth to overtake an 8-5 lead.
Miller hit a 2-run home run in the sixth inning as Mount Marty extended their lead to 10-5.
Dakota State was unable to make a comeback in the final inning as they left one runner on base.
Davis was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two singles and an RBI for the Trojans. Barker and Halstead each added a single and an RBI. Ryan Schlesser, Serrata, Jorgensen and Wieneke each added a hit. Farley had an RBI.
Miller was 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, triple, double and recorded four RBIs for the Lancers. Mueller added a double and an RBI. Elder had a single and two RBIs. Jared Schmidt had a single and an RBI.
Drew Sweeter started the game for the Trojans as he pitched 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five unearned runs on three hits and struck out four MMC's batters. Baker (0-1) recorded the loss in relief as he gave up three unearned on two hits and allowed two walks. Ross Kortan tossed 1 1/3 innings in relief, giving up two runs on one hit.
Body Ries pitched the first 1 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits for the Lancers. Dakota Kirkman (1-1) picked up the victory as he worked for 4 1/3 innings in relief. He gave up two hits and recorded four strikeouts. Carlson tossed a scoreless seventh inning.
DSU outhit MMC 8-6 in the game, but the Trojans committed three defensive errors.
The Trojans left 10 runners on base. Mount Marty left four runners on base.
Dakota State returns back to North Star Athletic Association conference play this weekend. The Trojans travel the Charlie Brown Stadium to take on Valley City State (N.D.) in a four-game series. The four-game series kick off on Saturday with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director