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Baseball - Thu, Mar. 19, 2015

March 19, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY - Photos credit by Cody Welu

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) played their first home baseball games of the 2015 season Thursday at Flynn Field, hosting their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).  The Tigers held on to earn a doubleheader sweep over the Trojans by a pair of one-run games by the scores of 1-0 and 5-4.

Dakota State, which played their home game at Flynn Field for the first time since April 8, 2013, dropped to 3-14 overall record.  Dakota Wesleyan, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), improved their overall record to 8-6.

Game 1 – Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 1, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL

The first game of the doubleheader featured a pitcher's duel between DWU's Joey Fitzgerald and DSU's Mitch Bouchard, with both pitchers throwing a complete game. 

Both DWU and DSU could not convert their scoring chances in the opening inning after leaving a runner on second base.  Chris Combs singled in the top first inning and advanced to second after a ground out by Tyler Waddle for the Tigers.  In the bottom first frame, Nathan Wieneke led off with a double for the Trojans but was stranded at second after three straight outs.

Dakota Wesleyan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top third inning.  Joey Kinley reached on base on a walk.  He advanced to third base after Cole Wenande's single.  Wenande swiped to second base while Kinley scored home after DSU's defensive error. 

The Trojans had a bases loaded situation with one out in the bottom fourth inning, but the Tigers prevented DSU from scoring by completing a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.  DSU left two runners on base in the bottom fourth.

DSU's attempt to come back in the final inning fell short.  Nick Serrata kicked off the bottom seventh with a single and advanced to second base after the Tigers committed a defensive miscue.  Ryan Schlesser recorded a bunt fielder's choice as Jon Forster – pinch runner for Serrata – was tagged out at third base.  DWU ended the game with another 6-4-3 double play.

Wieneke had a double for the Trojans.  Jake Harris, Tyler Ratkie and Serrata each added a single.  Jordan Entrikin and Jamie Jorgensen each recorded a walk.

Tyler Waddle had a double for the Tigers.  Wenande, Combs and Neil Nagle each had a hit.

Both teams collected four hits in the game.  The Trojans left five runners on base compared to the Tigers four runners left on base.  DWU committed two defensive errors while DSU had one defensive error.

DWU's defensive recorded two double plays in the game.

Bouchard (0-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State.  He gave up an unearned run on four hits.  He struck out three DWU's batters.

Fitzgerald (2-0) earned the victory for Dakota Wesleyan.  He allowed four hits and struck out three DSU's batters.

Game 2 – Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 4 – FINAL

The Tigers rallied back from 3-0 deficit in the top fourth inning, tying the game at 3-3.  DWU overtook the lead in the sixth inning and held off the Trojans 5-4 in the second game of the doubleheader.

DSU snapped their scoring drought with three runs scored in the bottom third inning.  Wieneke and Harris recorded back-to-back singles to open the bottom third (Wieneke advanced to third base after Harris' single).  Ian Barker reached on base after DWU's error, scoring Wieneke to give DSU a 1-0 lead (both Harris advanced to third base and Barker to second base).

The Trojans made it 2-0 in the bottom third frame after Entrikin hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Harris (Barker advanced to third base).  Tyler Ratkie blasted an RBI double to score Barker, extending Dakota State's lead to 3-0.

Dakota Wesleyan answered back with three runs scored in the top fourth frame.  Christian Doyle hit a single with one out and advanced to second base by DSU's defensive error on the same play.  Waddle reached on base by a walk.  After Austin Calhoon recorded a ground out to advance Michael Johnson (courtesy runner for Doyle) to third and Waddle to second, Nagle recorded a 2-RBI double to score Johnson and Waddle to cut DSU's lead to 3-2.

DWU's Combs produced an RBI single to score Nagle to knot the game at 3-3 in the top fourth.

The Tigers broke the 3-3 tie in the top sixth inning with two runs scored.  Doyle reached on base by a walk.  With one out, Calhoon recorded a single to advance Johnson (courtesy runner for Doyle) to second.  Both Johnson and Calhoon swiped one base.  Nagle added an RBI single to score Johnson (advanced Calhoon to third base) to give DWU their first lead of the game at 4-3.

Combs added an RBI ground out to score Calhoon as the Tigers' lead grew to 5-3 in the top sixth.

DSU scored once in the bottom sixth frame to cut DWU's lead by one run.  Dylan Deckert hit a double with one out.  Jorgensen recorded an RBI single with two outs to score Deckert, trailing by the score of 5-4.

Dakota State could not score in the final inning as Dakota Wesleyan secured the victory, highlighted by a double play after DSU's Harris led off with a walk.

Ratkie and Deckert each had a double for the Trojans.  Wieneke, Harris, Entrikin and Jorgensen each collected a single.  Barker, Entrikin, Ratkie and Jorgensen each produced an RBI.

Nagle was 2-of-3 at the plate with a double, single and tallied three RBIs for the Tigers.  Combs added a hit and two RBIs.  Doyle and Calhoon each recorded a single.

The Tigers swiped five bases, with a pair of stolen bases coming from Combs.  Calhoon, Wenande and Johnson each had a stolen base.

DSU outhit DWU 6-5 in the game.  The Trojans left six runners on base while the Tigers left three runners on base.

DWU committed two defensive errors in the play, but recorded a pair of double plays in the game.  DSU had one defensive miscue.

Zac Smith (0-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for the Trojans.  He pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on five hits.  Smith struck out three Tigers' batters.  Anthony Martinez threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  He recorded two strikeouts.

Logan Risse started the game for Dakota Wesleyan.  He threw three innings and gave up three runs (one unearned) on four hits.  Tanner Swets (2-0) picked up the victory in relief, working for three innings.  

He allowed one run on two hits.  He struck out three DSU's batters.  Steven Sommerville (S, 1) earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.  He gave up a walk.

Dakota State looks to get back in the winning column as they head on the road this weekend for a four-game series.  The Trojans continue their action against another member of the GPAC conference, visiting Concordia (Neb.).  The doubleheaders are slated to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Plum Creek Park in Seward, Neb.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

   

 
 
 
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