March 11, 2017
TUCSON, Ariz. – Dakota State (S.D.) could not overcome NCAA Division II St. Cloud State's (Minn.) offensive explosion in the second game Saturday afternoon as part of the Tucson (Ariz.) Baseball Invitational at Kino Sports Complex. The Huskies defeated the Trojans 24-1.
Dakota State fell to 0-5 overall record. St. Cloud State, who is coached by former DSU's head baseball coach Pat Dolan from 2002-07, improved to 6-3 overall record.
SCSU took a 2-0 lead in the opening inning.
The Trojans answered back with a run scored in the top second frame to cut Huskies' lead to 2-1. Dyshawn Proudlove reached on base caused by SCSU's defensive error. Garrett Mullins hit a single to advance Proudlove to third base. Garrison Collier was hit-by-pitch to set up a bases loaded situation for DSU.
David Kirby produced an RBI single to score Proudlove as the Trojans reduced their deficit by one run in the top second inning.
St. Cloud State exploded for eight runs in the bottom third inning to extend their lead to 10-1 and never looked back to secure the win.
Kirby was 1-of-3 at the plate with a single and an RBI for Dakota State. Mullins and Smith Kemper each added a single.
Ethan Ibarra had four hits and three RBIs for St. Cloud State. Cooper Maas added two hits and four RBIs. Trevor Cho recorded a home run and drove in two runs. Mitch Maliek had two hits and three RBIs.
St. Cloud State had 17 hits in the game compared to Dakota State 3 hits. The Huskies left 11 runners on base compared to the Trojans 4 runners on base.
Garrison Collier (L, 0-2) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for the Trojans. He worked for three innings and allowed 10 runs (5 unearned) on seven hits. DSU used three different pitchers – Justin Mettling (recorded three strikeouts), Andrew Hesse and Jalen Boyd – in relief.
Shannon Ahern (W, 1-0) earned the victory after tossing four innings for the Huskies. He allowed an unearned run on three hits and struck out six DSU's batters. SCSU used three different pitchers – Ryan Wesley, Logan Sandgren and TJ Frericks – that combined for three shutout innings.
Dakota State concludes their Tucson (Ariz.) Baseball Invitational Sunday morning as they face another NCAA Division II opponent, Southwest Minnesota State.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director