April 19, 2014
LENNOX, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) fell short in the first game of the baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Westerman Park versus North Star Athletic Association's leader Jamestown (N.D.). The Jimmies hang on to a 2-1 victory over the Trojans. DSU bounced back in the winning column as they defeated UJ 6-5 in the second game, ending Jimmies' six-game winning streak.
Dakota State lifted their overall record to 18-23 and 3-9 NSAA conference record (7-9 NSAA/Frontier conference record). Jamestown, who received votes to the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, dropped to 26-7 overall record and 11-3 NSAA (11-3 NSAA/Frontier record).
Game 1 – Jamestown (N.D.) 2, Dakota State (S.D.) – FINAL
All the runs came in the fourth inning as the Jimmies came on top for the victory.
UJ's Paul Sitkowski and Spencer Flaten hit back-to-back singles with one out in the top half of the fourth inning. With runners on third and second bases with two outs, Nathan Christiuk hit a 2-RBI single to score Sitkowski and Flaten to give Jamestown a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans answered back with a run scored in the bottom fourth frame. Andy Lee led off with a single, followed by Jordan Entrikin's walk. Nick Serrata added a bunt single to set up a bases loaded situation for DSU. A passed ball committed by the Jimmies allowed Lee to score as DSU cut their deficit to 2-1.
Dakota State could not get their scoring chance to tie the game in the fourth inning after Danny Lopiparo – courtesy runner for Entrikin – was tagged out at home after Nathan Wieneke's fielder choice bunt.
Jamestown secured the game in the final inning as the Trojans left one runner on base when the game ended.
Flahie and Serrata each had two singles for DSU. Lee and Entrikin each added a hit. Entrikin had two walks.
Nolan Skowronek had a double and two singles for UJ. Sitkowski and Flaten each added a single and a run. Matthew Achter had two hits. Christiuk had a single and produced two RBIs.
Mitch Bouchard (2-2) recorded the loss, despite pitching a complete game for the Trojans. He gave up two runs on eight hits. Bouchard struck out four Jimmies' batters.
Tanner Dahl (6-1) picked up the victory for Jamestown. He worked for five innings and allowed one run on five hits. He recorded four strikeouts. Ryan Vernon came in the sixth inning in relief and held DSU scoreless. Nick Smith (S, 3) earned the save as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning, giving up a hit.
UJ had eight hits in the game compared to the Trojans six hits. DSU left nine runners on base while the Jimmies had six runners on base. Both teams had one double plays defensively.
Game 2 – Dakota State (S.D.) 6, Jamestown (N.D.) 5 – FINAL
The Trojans earned a 5-1 lead, thanks to Joe Davis' five RBIs. The Jimmies rallied back to tie the game in the sixth inning, but DSU answered in the bottom half by Ryan Schlesser's game-winning RBI single.
Dakota State jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning. Flahie opened with a single and advanced to second base after Serrata's sacrifice. Davis smashed a 2-run home run to give DSU a two-run lead.
The Trojans added a run in the bottom third. JD Farley kicked off the inning with a single. After he advanced to second base from Flahie's ground out to second, Serrata hit a single and advanced Farley to third base. Davis produced an RBI sacrifice fly to score Farley as DSU's lead grew to 3-0.
Jamestown broke their scoring drought as Sitkowski hit a solo home run to cut Trojans' lead to 3-1 in the top fourth frame.
Davis added a 2-run home run in the bottom fifth inning (Farley led off the inning with a single) to increase Trojans' lead to 5-1.
UJ mounted a comeback in the top sixth with four runs scored, tying the game at 5-5. With bases loaded and no out situation, Flaten hit a 2-RBI single to as UJ trimmed their deficit to 5-3. Shayne Kelly added a 2-RBI triple to tie the game at 5-all.
With two outs in the bottom sixth inning, DSU Wieneke reached on base by a walk. He advanced to second base by UJ's wild pitch. Schlesser drilled an RBI single to score Wieneke as the Trojans regained their lead to 6-5.
Dakota State sealed the victory in the seventh inning as Jamestown left one runner on base.
Davis was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and produced five RBIs for the Trojans. Farley added three singles and scored twice. Entrikin added a double. Flahie, Serrata, Halstead, Wieneke and Schlesser each added a hit. Schlesser had an RBI.
Sitkowski had a home run and an RBI for the Jimmies. Flaten added two singles and two RBIs. Kelly had a triple and two RBIs. Rudy Strnad and Christiuk each had a hit.
Zac Smith started the game on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He tossed five innings, including the first three innings with no hits and no runs, and allowed one run on three hits. Smith struck out six UJ's batters. Seth Spears started the sixth inning and gave up three runs. Bryant Westra (1-2) earned his first victory of the season as he pitched two innings in relief. He allowed one run on three hits.
Jason Shaw was the starting pitcher for Jamestown. He gave up five runs on eight hits. Grant Mattes came in the sixth inning and pitched 1/3 inning. Darren Iseri (2-2) recorded the loss as he gave up one run in 1/3 inning. Scott Beever allowed two hits in the sixth inning. Gaige Dunn worked for the final out of the sixth inning.
DSU outhit 11-6 in the game. The Jimmies left six runners on base compared to the Trojans four runners left on base. Both teams recorded a double play.
Dakota State steps aside their NSAA conference play on Monday evening. The Trojans head to Orange City, Iowa as they take on Northwestern (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), who is ranked No. 20 in the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 national poll. First pitch for the nine-inning game is set for 6 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director