April 21, 2014
ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dakota State University baseball team stepped aside their North Star Athletic Association conference play Monday evening, visiting the nationally-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in a nine-inning game. The Red Raiders shut down the Trojans 10-0 in seven innings at Orange City Baseball Complex.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 18-24. Northwestern, No. 20 in the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, improved to 34-9 overall record.
NWIA grabbed the first lead of the game in the opening inning by scoring three runs for a 3-0 lead, highlighted by Mitch Peschon's 2-run home run.
The Red Raiders added a run from Alec Forbes' RBI single to score Gavin Okada, who led off with a single in the bottom second frame. Northwestern held a 4-0 lead when the inning ended.
NWIA put together a six-run fourth inning to expand their lead to 10-0 over the Trojans. The Red Raiders had six singles in the inning, while DSU committed two defensive errors.
Riley Bullington, pinch hitter for Nathan Wieneke, kicked off the seventh inning with a walk for Dakota State. He advanced to second base by Red Raiders' wild pitch. JD Farley reached safely by a fielder's choice. Danny Flahie added a single to set up a bases loaded situation for DSU.
The Trojans could not convert their scoring opportunities as NWIA retired the next two batters. The Red Raiders ended the game by a double play, securing the game by mercy run rule.
Peschon went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, two singles and recorded three RBIs. Cody Groskreutz and Forbes each added two singles. Davis Bloemendaal and Erik Widener each added a single and two RBIs.
Seth Rockafellow (3-3) recorded the loss for the Trojans. He pitched the first two innings and allowed four runs on four hits. Taylor Boerger worked for one-plus inning and gave up four runs on two hits. Jamie Jorgensen tossed one inning in relief, giving up two runs on four hits. Seth Spears and Luke Gassman each pitched a shutout inning.
Chase Davis (3-0) earned the victory for the Red Raiders. He tossed six innings and limited DSU to five singles. Josh Turner worked the final inning, giving up a hit.
NWIA outhit DSU 10-6 in the game. The Trojans committed four defensive errors.
Both teams recorded a double play, defensively (Wieneke and David Halstead for DSU).
The Trojans left nine runners on base compared to the Red Raiders two runners left on base.
Dakota State plays their final non-conference tune-up Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans head to Brookings, S.D. to take on NCAA Division I South Dakota State in a nine-inning game. First pitch from the Erv Huether Field is set for 3 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director