May 3, 2014
Submitted Photos by Valley City State University (N.D.)
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) was facing elimination Saturday afternoon in the NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated North Star Athletic Association (NSAA)/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament versus top-seed Jamestown (N.D.) at Charlie Brown Stadium. After the Trojans knotted the game in the bottom fifth inning, the Jimmies scored five straight runs to end DSU's season by the score of 8-3.
Jamestown, ranked No. 25 in the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Paul Sitkowski led off on base and advanced to second after Spencer Flaten's single. Mitch Stevens produced an RBI single to score Sitkowski for UJ's first lead of the game at 1-0. Matthew Achter added an RBI to score Flaten to widen Jimmies' lead by two runs.
Erik Peterson hit an RBI sacrifice fly to give UJ a 3-0 lead in the third inning, thanks to Rudy Strnad's lead-off triple.
Dakota State put together three runs after recording the first two outs of the bottom fifth frame. JD Farley reached on base by a single. Danny Flahie was safe on first caused by Jimmies' defensive error and advanced Farley to second base. Nick Serrata added a single to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans.
Joe Davis hit a 2-RBI single to score Farley and Flahie to cut DSU's deficit to 3-2 in the fifth inning. During that same play, the Jimmies committed a defensive error to allow Serrata to score as DSU knotted the game at 3-3.
Jamestown broke up the 3-3 tie in the top sixth inning as Marcus Blackmon, Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs, regaining their lead to 4-3.
UJ widen their lead to 8-3 by scoring four runs in the top half of the eighth inning. The Jimmies produced five hits, including two doubles (Sitkowski and Dylan Lafrentz) and a triple (Stevens).
Dakota State was unable to come back in the final inning as they left one runner on base, ending their 2014 season with an overall record of 21-28. Jamestown moves on to the winner's bracket as they face No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.), who defeated No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 20-3 in seven innings Saturday, in a battle of two undefeated teams in the tournament.
Flahie was 2-for-4 at the plate with two singles for the Trojans. Davis added a single and collected two RBIs. Serrata, David Halstead, Andy Lee, Ian Barker, Nathan Wieneke and Farley each recorded a hit in the game.
Nolan Skowronek, Strnad, Sitkowski and Stevens each recorded two hits for the Jimmies. Landon Uetz, Flaten, Shayne Kelly and Lafrentz each had a hit. Skowronek and Stevens each had two RBIs.
Jamestown had 12 hits in the game compared to Dakota State 9 hits. The Jimmies committed three defensive errors while the Trojans had one defensive error.
Seth Rockafellow started the game on the pitching mound for DSU. He tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on four hits. Mitch Bouchard (3-3) recorded the loss as he worked 3 2/3 innings in relief. He gave up five runs on seven hits. Jordan Sovich pitched a scoreless ninth inning, giving up one hit.
Kyle Shaikoski worked the first 4 2/3 innings of the game for the Jimmies. He gave up three runs on seven hits. Ryan Sheeley (5-1) picked up the victory in 4 1/3 innings of relief work, allowing two hits and no runs.
UJ left seven runs on base compared to DSU seven runners left on base.
The NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated NSAA/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament concludes on Monday with the championship game.
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
Game 2: No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.) 7, No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 6 - FINAL
Game 3: No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 8, No. 4 seed Dakota State (S.D.) 7 - FINAL/11 innings
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Game 4 (Loser's Out Game): No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 14, No. 6 seed Presentation (S.D.) 2 – FINAL/8 innings – Presentation (S.D.) is eliminated from postseason
Game 5: No. 1 seed Jamestown (N.D.) 8, No. 4 seed Dakota State (S.D.) 3 – FINAL – Dakota State (S.D.) is eliminated from postseason
Game 6 (Winner's Bracket): No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.) 20, No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 3 – FINAL/7 innings
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Game 7 (Winner's Bracket): No. 1 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (33-8) vs. No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (39-12) – 11 a.m.
Game 8 (Loser's Out Game): No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) vs. No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (19-28) – 2 p.m.
Game 9 (Loser's Out Game): 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