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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 8, 2017

April 8, 2017

BELLEVUE, Neb. – Dakota State (S.D.) jumped to a 3-0 lead over No. 5-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) in the first game of the North Star Athletic Association's (NSAA) Baseball doubleheader at Roddy Field Saturday afternoon.  The Bruins went on to score 17 unanswered runs to defeat the Trojans 17-3 in the first game and completed the four-game series with a doubleheader sweep after a 13-1 game two victory.

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-19 and 1-11 record in North Star.  Bellevue won their 26th straight game to raise their overall record to 33-6 and remained undefeated in NSAA play with a 12-0 record.

The Trojans return home next weekend as they continue their NSAA's four-game series.  DSU hosts Winnipeg (Manitoba) at Flynn Field with a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.  Both game times are set for 1 p.m.

Game 1:  (5) Bellevue (Neb.) 17, Dakota State (S.D.) 3 – FINAL/7 innings

Dakota State grabbed its first lead of the game (nine-inning game) in the top second inning with three runs scored.  Connor Nagel drilled a triple to kick off the second inning for the Trojans.  Juan Sermo followed up with an RBI single to score Nagel for DSU's 1-0 lead.

Sermo swiped to second base in the top second inning for the Trojans.  Zach Sutera reached on base by a walk.  Andrew Hesse smashed a 2-RBI double down the right field line, scoring Sermo and Sutera as Dakota State's lead grew to 3-0.

Alec Chaney hit a solo home run as Bellevue trimmed DSU's lead to 3-1 in the bottom half of the second inning.  The Bruins scored five runs in the bottom third to overtake a 6-3 lead.

The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring opportunity in the top fourth inning as they left runners on all three bases.

Bellevue plated four runs in the bottom fourth for a 10-3 lead, highlighted by Todd Nicks' RBI triple.  The Bruins made it 12-3 after scoring a pair of runs in the fifth inning.  BU scored five times in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 17-3.

Hesse had a double and drove in two runs for Dakota State.  Sermo added a single and an RBI.  He swiped one base.  Nagel had a triple.  Smith Kemper had a hit.  Garrett Mullins, Sutera and Hesse each had a walk.  Trey Randel reached on base by a walk two times. 

Derik Bontempo went 3-of-3 at the plate with a double and two singles for Bellevue.  Hunter Kelly, Nicks and Diego Iribarren each added two hits.  Bontempo, Nicks, John King, Riley Baasch and Iribarren each drove in two runs.  Chaney and Joe Moran each had a hit and an RBI.

BU outhit DSU 15-4 in the game.  The Trojans left five runners on base, while the Bruins had four runners left on base.

Randel (L, 0-3) took the loss on the pitching mound for DSU.  He tossed 3 2/3 innings and allowed 10 runs on 7 hits.  Jalen Boyd worked for 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up seven runs (one unearned) on eight hits. 

Nicks (W, 7-2) earned the victory after pitching five innings for BU.  He allowed three runs on four hits.  Dylan Thorp worked for two innings in relief.  Nicks and Thorp each recorded six strikeouts.

Game 2:  (5) Bellevue (Neb.) 13, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 – FINAL

Bontempo hit a solo home run to give Bellevue a 1-0 opening lead in the first inning in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Bruins added six runs in the bottom second frame, where Bontempo hit his second home run of the game as BU extended their lead to 7-0.

Bellevue made it 8-0 in the bottom fourth after Matt Evans' RBI single.  The Bruins plated five more runs in the bottom fifth inning.  Nicks hit a 2-RBI double to put as BU's lead grew to 13-0.

Dakota State snapped their scoring drought with a solo home run by Nagel in the top sixth inning, trailing to BU 13-1.

Nagel had a home run and an RBI for the Trojans.  Kemper had a double.  Boyd, Mullins and David Kirby each added a single.  Hesse and Sutera each had a walk.

Bontempo had two home runs and three RBIs for the Bruins.  Joe Moran and Iribarren each added two hits.  Nicks had a double, single and two RBIs.

BU recorded 12 hits in the game compared to DSU 5 hits.  Both teams left six runners on base.

Justin Mettling (L, 0-1) took the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State.  He gave up 13 runs on 12 hits.

Colten Barnes (W, 5-2) earned the victory as he tossed six innings for Bellevue.  He allowed one run on four hits.  He struck out 10 DSU's batters.  Brett Franklin pitched a scoreless seventh inning, giving up a hit.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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