May 2, 2014
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Fourth-seeded Dakota State (S.D.) was unable to hold on to their 7-2 lead in the opening round of the NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament Friday evening as third-seeded Valley City State (N.D.) rallied back for the victory at the Charlie Brown Stadium. The Vikings won in a dramatic fashion as Nate Bagby delivered a bases-loaded, two-outs, walk-off RBI single in an 8-7 victory over the Trojans.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 21-27. Valley City State improved their overall record to 19-27.
The Trojans earned a 2-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to Ian Barker's 2-run home run after Andy Lee led off with a single. DSU added a pair of runs to make it 4-0 as Danny Flahie produced an RBI double, followed by Nick Serrata's RBI single.
VCSU scored twice in the bottom half of the second frame with Anthony Necochea's 2-RBI single, trimming their deficit to 4-2.
DSU made it 5-2 in the top fourth. Ryan Schlesser led off with a double. Flahie added a single and advanced Danny Lopiparo (courtesy runner for Schlesser). Serrata hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Lopiparo to give Trojans a three-run lead.
The Trojans added two more runs in the fifth inning. David Halstead and Lee led off with back-to-back hit-by-pitches. Barker reached on base by a walk to set up a bases loaded and no out situation for DSU. Nathan Wieneke hit a 2-RBI single to score Halstead and Lee as DSU extended their lead to 7-2.
After the first two outs were recorded in the bottom fifth frame, Valley City State produced four runs to cut DSU's lead to 7-6. Kayl Hamre reached on base by a walk. Tom Houdek hit a double and advanced Hamre to third base. Brady Anderson recorded bases-on-ball as the Vikings set up a bases loaded situation.
Cole Honl drilled a 3-RBI triple to score Hamre, Houdek and Derek Elliott (courtesy runner for Anderson) as VCSU reduced their deficit to 7-5. The Vikings added a run caused by DSU's defensive error as they trail by one run.
Both teams were unable to score from sixth through eighth innings.
The Vikings mounted a comeback in the final inning. With a runner on first base with two outs, Anderson hit an RBI single to score Elliott to tie the game at 7-7. The Trojans forced the game into extra innings as Bagby grounded out to second base.
DSU's Lee and Barker hit back-to-back singles to lead off the top 11th inning. Schlesser reached on base by a walk, setting up a bases loaded with one out situation for the Trojans. Dakota State was unable to convert their scoring opportunities as they stranded three runners on base.
Jared Meiklejohn kicked off the bottom 11th inning with a single for the Vikings. After the first out was recorded, Houdek hit a single and advanced Meiklejohn to third base. Anderson was reached on base by an intentional walk, a bases loaded situation up for VCSU. Honl was struck out swinging for the second out of the bottom 11th.
Bagby hit a game-winning RBI single through the second base hole to score Meiklejohn to earn the victory.
It was the third time this season that Dakota State and Valley City State went into extra innings.
Barker was 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, home run and two singles for the Trojans. Schlesser and Flahie each added a double and two singles. Lee had two hits. Serrata and Wieneke each earned a single. Serrata, Barker and Wieneke each produced two RBIs.
Honl was 2-for-5 at the plate with a triple, single and three RBIS for the Vikings. Houdek added a double and a single. Necochea tallied three singles and two RBIs. Hamre, Anderson, Anthony Meyers and Meiklejohn each had a hit.
DSU outhit VCSU 15-13 in the game. The Trojans left 15 runners on base compared to the Vikings' 10 runners left on base.
Dakota State recorded three double plays, defensively.
Austin Weber started the game for DSU, going for 4 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs on six hits. Weber struck out four VCSU's batters. Zac Smith worked for 4 1/3 innings in relief and gave up one run on four hits. He recorded three strikeouts. Bryant Westra (1-4) picked up the loss as he gave up a run on three hits.
Bryce Venaas tossed the first four innings of the game for VCSU. He gave up seven runs on nine hits. Chip Rosales (4-6) earned the victory as he pitched seven scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and struck out eight DSU's batters.
Dakota State will face the top-seed Jamestown (N.D.), who defeated Presentation (S.D.) 20-7 earlier in the day, in the second round of the NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated NSAA/Frontier Conference Tournament. The Trojans, facing elimination, will play the Jimmies (No. 25 in the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' Poll) with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Charlie Brown Stadium in Valley City.
2014 NAIA North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Baseball Championship – hosted by Valley City State University – Charlie Brown Stadium – Valley City, N.D.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Game 1: No. 1 seed Jamestown (N.D.) 20, No. 6 seed Presentation (S.D.) 7 - FINAL/7 innings - BOX SCORE
Game 2: No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.) 7, No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 6 - FINAL - BOX SCORE
Game 3: No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 8, No. 4 seed Dakota State (S.D.) 7 - FINAL/11 innings - BOX SCORE
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Game 4: No. 6 seed Presentation (S.D.) (10-40) vs. No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (10-39) – 11 a.m.
Game 5: No. 1 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (32-8) vs. No. 4 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (21-27) – 2 p.m.
Game 6: No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (38-12) vs. No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (19-27) – 5 p.m.
Note: Pairings may need to be adjusted after the outcomes of Game 5 and 6 on Saturday, May 3.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 – 11 a.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6 – 2 p.m.
Game 9: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 – 5 p.m.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner – 1 p.m. (Championship Game)
Game 11: Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 winner – 4 p.m. (If necessary if Game 7 winner suffer first loss in Game 10) Winner advances to 2014 NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round on May 12-15
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University SPorts Information Director