April 18, 2014
LENNOX, S.D. – The Dakota State University baseball team faced the North Star Athletic Association's (NSAA) conference leader Jamestown (N.D.) Friday afternoon at the Westerman Park in a doubleheader action. The Jimmies swept the Trojans by the scores of 8-3 and 16-0 in seven innings.
Dakota State slipped to 17-22 overall record and 2-8 in NSAA conference play (6-8 NSAA/Frontier record). Jamestown, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, won their 11th game in the last 12 games to raise their overall record to 25-6 and 10-2 NSAA (10-2 NSAA/Frontier record).
Game 1 – Jamestown (N.D.) 8, Dakota State (S.D.) 3 – FINAL
The Trojans grabbed the first lead of the game in the bottom second inning, highlighted by Jordan Entrikin's two-out double. JD Farley produced an RBI single to score Danny Lopiparo – courtesy runner for Entrikin – to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
Jamestown answered with five runs in the top third frame to overtake the lead from the Trojans. The Jimmies recorded back-to-back hits with one out (single by Rudy Strnad and double by Peterson). During UJ's scoring run, Jamestown had four walks (Erik Peterson, Mitch Stevens, Spencer Flaten and Landon Uetz) and a hit-by-pitch (Paul Sitkowski) for a 4-1 lead. Marcus Blackmon, Jr. added an RBI sacrifice fly to extend UJ's lead to 5-1.
DSU scored once in the bottom half of the third inning to cut their deficit to 5-2. After two outs were recorded, David Halstead reached on base by a walk. Danny Flahie added a single to advance Halstead to second base. Nick Serrata hit an RBI single to score Halstead as the Trojans reduced their deficit to three runs.
The Jimmies scored three runs in the top sixth inning by Stevens' RBI hit-by-pitch and Sitkowski's 2-RBI single. UJ's lead grew to 8-2.
Dakota State produced one run in the final inning. Joe Davis and Halstead hit back-to-back singles with one out. Serrata was hit-by-pitch to set up a bases loaded situation for DSU. A wild pitch by Jamestown allowed Davis to score and trimmed U's lead to 8-3. The Trojans were unable to add more runs as the Jimmies secured the victory.
Entrikin had a double for DSU. Flahie added two singles. Ian Barker, Andy Lee, Davis, Halstead, Serrata and Farley each had a hit. Serrata and Farley each produced an RBI. Davis, Halstead and Lopiparo each scored a run.
Nolan Skowronek was 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles for UJ. Sitkowski had a single and recorded three RBIs. Uetz and Strnad each added two hits. Stevens had two RBIs. Flaten, Uetz and Blackmon, Jr. each added an RBI.
Austin Weber (5-2) picked up the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He pitched three innings and gave up five runs on four hits. Mike Chartier tossed three innings in relief and allowed three runs (one unearned) on five hits. He recorded four strikeouts. Jamie Jorgenson worked in a scoreless seventh inning.
Kyle McKay started the game for Jamestown, going for 2 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits. Ryan Sheely (3-1) earned the victory in relief as he pitched the last 4 1/3 innings of the game. He gave up one run on four hits. Sheely recorded five strikeouts.
Both teams had nine hits in the game. The Trojans left 10 runners on base compared to the Jimmies 9 runners left on base. DSU committed three defensive errors.
Game 2 – Jamestown (N.D.) 16, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL
Jamestown opened the game with a 4-0 and exploded for nine runs in the top fifth inning to cruise past Dakota State 16-0 in a nine-inning game. The game ended in the seventh inning due to ten-run mercy rule.
The Jimmies scored four runs in the top first inning, all runs scored with two outs. UJ had four consecutive singles by Stevens (RBI), Sitkowski, Flaten (RBI) and Uetz (2 RBIs).
Jamestown added a pair of runs in the top second frame to extend their lead to 6-0, highlighted by Peterson's RBI single and Sitkowski's RBI sacrifice fly.
With a bases loaded and two outs situation in the top fourth inning, a passed ball committed by the Trojans allowed the Jimmies to add a run to increase their lead to 7-0.
Jamestown tallied a total of nine runs in the fifth inning, racing to a 16-0 lead. UJ had four hits in the inning, while Dakota State committed three defensive miscues.
The Trojans left one runner on base when the game ended in the seventh inning, sealing UJ's fifth straight victory.
Barker was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two singles for the Trojans. Davis, Entrikin and Wieneke each had a hit. Jake Ferdinand recorded two walks.
Uetz was 4-for-4 with a double, three singles and three RBIs for the Jimmies. Strnad added a double, two singles and three RBIs. He swiped two bases. Blackmon, Jr. had two singles. Peterson, Stevens, Sitkowski, Flaten and Matthew Achter each had a hit.
Jordan Sovich (1-7) recorded the loss for DSU. He pitched two innings and allowed six runs (four unearned) on seven hits. Ross Kortan worked for two innings in relief and gave up six runs (two unearned) on two hits. Evan Steemken tossed 1/3 inning and allowed four runs (one unearned) on two hits. Lopiparo came in for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, limiting the Jimmies to three hits.
Kyle Shaikoski (3-0) picked up the victory for Jamestown. He tossed five innings and gave up four hits. Jeffery Hamann and Scott Beever each pitched one scoreless inning in relief. Hamann allowed a hit.
UJ outhit DSU 14-5 in the game. The Jimmies left nine runners on base. The Trojans had eight runners left on base.
Both teams will meet again Saturday afternoon to conclude their NSAA's four-game series. The doubleheader takes place at Westerman Park in Lennox, S.D., starting at 12 noon with a pair of seven-inning games.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director