March 11, 2017
TUCSON, Ariz. – Dakota State (S.D.) faced Northwestern (Iowa) for the second time during the Tucson (Ariz.) Baseball Invitational at Kino Sports Complex Saturday. The Red Raiders held a 4-3 lead after the first inning and outscored the Trojans 13-0 in the last six innings to earn a 17-3 victory.
Dakota State fell to 0-4 overall record. Northwestern improved to 8-4 overall record.
The Red Raiders scored four times in the top first inning to earn a 4-0 lead.
DSU answered back with three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Jalen Boyd led off with a double. Zach Sutera hit a ground out to shortstop and advanced Boyd to third base. Smith Kemper produced an RBI ground out to score Boyd for DSU's first run of the game, trailing 4-1 to NWIA.
Dakota State cut Red Raiders' lead to 4-2 after Dyshawn Proudlove smashed a solo home run with two outs in the bottom first inning.
The Trojans added a run in the bottom first inning to reduce their deficit by one run. Connor Nagel was hit by pitch. Garrett Mullins drilled a double to advance Nagel to third base. On the same play, Nagel scored home caused by NWIA's defensive error as DSU trailed 4-3.
Northwestern plated three runs in the top second inning to extend their lead to 7-3, highlighted by AJ Nitzschke's 2-RBI double. The Red Raiders scored a total of ten runs in the final four innings of the game to secure the victory.
Four Trojans – Boyd, Mullins, Nagel and Proudlove – recorded a double in the game. Proudlove added a home run, a stolen base and an RBI. Kemper registered an RBI. David Kirby had a single.
Nitzschke had two doubles, a single and drove in three runs for the Red Raiders. Reed Smith added two hits and an RBI. Eleven NWIA players recorded a hit in the game.
Northwestern outhit Dakota State 16-7. The Red Raiders left seven runners on base compared to the Trojans five runners left on base.
Hayden Rainey (L, 0-1) took the loss on the pitching mound for DSU. He worked for 3 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs (seven unearned) on seven hits). Mullins tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief and gave up eight runs on six hits.
Alec Rickabaugh (W, 2-0) earned the victory after pitching six innings. He allowed three runs (one unearned) on seven hits. He struck out seven DSU's batters. Zach Rosson pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief.
Dakota State is slated to face NCAA Division II St. Cloud State (Minn.) – coached by former DSU's head coach Pat Dolan – in the second game of the day Saturday in the Tucson (Ariz.) Baseball Invitational at Kino Sports Complex.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director