April 26, 2014
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball four-game regular-season finale saw a pair of games with pitchers' duels between Dakota State (S.D.) and Presentation (S.D.) at Fossum Field. PC's Chad Ellingson shut down the Trojans by going to the distance for a 1-0 15-inning victory in the first game of the doubleheader. DSU's Jordan Sovich pitched a complete game 3-1 victory in four-game series finale, earning a split.
Dakota State concluded their regular-season with an overall record of 21-26 and 6-10 NSAA conference (10-10 record in the NSAA/Frontier conference). Presentation finished their 2013-14 regular-season with 10-39 overall record and 4-12 NSAA record (4-16 NSAA/Frontier). Both teams will be entering the postseason play next weekend.
Game 1 – Presentation (S.D.) 1, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL/15 innings
Both Dakota State and Presentation were unable to score any runs in the first seven innings of regulation.
The Trojans failed to score a run in the top fifth inning. With Nathan Wieneke on second base with two outs after PC committed an error, Ryan Schlesser hit a single but Wieneke was tagged out at home.
The Saints went three-and-out in the bottom of the seventh inning as DSU forced the seven-inning game into extra innings.
DSU could not convert their scoring opportunity in the top eighth inning. Schlesser opened by reaching to second base by PC's defensive error. Pinch hitter Jordan Entrikin recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Danny Lopiparo – courtesy runner for Schlesser – to third base. Danny Flahie reached on base by fielder's choice, but Lopiparo was tagged at home as PC prevented DSU to score the first run of the game.
After the Saints went three-and-out in the bottom eighth, the Trojans missed another scoring opportunities in the top ninth frame with runners on third and first bases.
Dakota State and Presentation could not reach to third base in the next nine innings. The Trojans reached second base in the 10th inning, while the Saints had made to second base in the bottom 11th inning. From 12th through 14th inning, both teams went three-and-out.
DSU led off the 15th inning with two runners on base when Wieneke reached on base by PC's defensive error, followed by Schlesser's hit-by-pitch. PC Ellingson went on to retire the next three DSU's batters to close the top half of the 15th inning.
Ryan Baldonado ripped a lead-off double for the Saints in the bottom 15th. Tony Hofman added a single to advance Dylan Barela, pinch runner for Baldonado, to third base. After DSU's defense recorded the first out of the inning, Albert Castro was rewarded an intentional walk to set up the bases loaded situation for the Saints.
PC Dylan Segula reached on base caused by Trojans' defensive error, allowing Barela to score the game-winning run with one out when the game ended.
Flahie and Andy Lee earned two singles for the Trojans. Schlesser added a hit. Wieneke, Ian Baker and Lee each swiped one base.
Baldonado had a double and single for the Saints. Johnnie Morris and Hofman recorded two singles. Ellingson, Segula and Jake Bunjovac each had a single.
Zac Smith pitched 11 innings on the mound for the Trojans. He allowed seven hit, one walk and struck out seven PC's batters. Bryant Westra (1-3) recorded the loss as he worked 3 1/3 innings in relief. He gave up one unearned run on two hits.
Ellingson (3-7) pitched a total of 179 pitches in 15 innings (facing a total of 53 at-bats) to earn the victory for the Saints. He gave up five hits and allowed no walks. Ellingson struck out a total of eight Trojan batters.
The Saints had nine hits in the victory, despite committing six defensive errors. DSU had five hits and recorded one defensive error.
The Trojans left 11 runners on base compared to the Saints eight runners left on base.
Game 2 – Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Presentation (S.D.) 1 – FINAL
The finale of the NSAA Baseball four-game series also saw another pitchers' duels between DSU's Jordan Sovich and PC's Brett Temme. The Trojans scored twice in the final inning to break up a 1-1 tie and held on to a 3-1 regular-season finale victory.
Dakota State grabbed the first lead of the game in the opening inning. Nick Serrata earned a single with one out. He advanced to second base after Joe Davis' ground out. A passed ball by PC allowed Serrata advance to third base. After David Halstead reached on base by a walk, Lee produced an RBI single to score Serrata for DSU's 1-0 lead.
Presentation answered back with a run scored in the bottom first frame. Baldonado hit a two-out single. He swiped to second base and advanced to third base by DSU's defensive error. Hofman registered an RBI single to score Baldonado to tie the game at 1-1.
DSU and PC could not score from the second through sixth innings. Both teams left runners on third and second bases in the fifth inning.
The Trojans scored twice in the top seventh inning to regain their lead. Entrikin was hit-by-pitch. JD Farley hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Lopiparo (courtesy runner for Entrikin) to second base. Flahie added a single and advanced Lopiparo to third base. Serrata reached on base by Saints' defensive error and allowed Lopiparo to score for 2-1 DSU lead.
With a bases loaded and two outs in the top seventh inning, Lee recorded an RBI single to score Flahie to extend Trojans' lead to 3-1.
Dakota State prevented the Saints to score in the bottom half of the seventh inning. PC left runners on second and first bases when the game ended.
Lee was 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles and earned two RBIs for the Trojans. Serrata added two hits. Flahie and Wieneke each had a single. Flahie, Serrata and Lopiparo each scored a run.
Flahie and Serrata each recorded a stolen base for DSU.
Morris had a double and single for the Saints. Hofman had a single and an RBI. Drew Sanders, Ellingson and Baldonado each had a hit. Baldonado swiped one base.
Sovich (2-8) tossed a complete game victory for the Trojans. He allowed one run on six hits. Sovich recorded three strikeouts.
Temme (0-9) picked up the loss on the pitching mound for the Saints. He gave up three runs (one unearned) on six hits. Alex Lunneborg worked the final out of the top seventh inning.
Both teams had six hits in the game. DSU committed three defensive errors, while PC had two defensive miscues.
The Trojans left nine runners on base compared to the Saints five runners left on base.
Both teams await to find out the pairings for the upcoming NAIA Unaffiliated NSAA/Frontier Conference Baseball Tournament, hosted by Valley City State (N.D.) at Charlie Brown Stadium. The conference qualifying postseason tournament kicks off on May 2 and runs through May 5 in Valley City, N.D. The winner of the conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament on nine different sites announced by the NAIA on May 12-15.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director