JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Danny Flahie hit his first home run of the season in the top 12th inning with no outs as Dakota State broke a 13-13 tie into a one-run lead Wednesday in the opening round of the NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated Conference Tournament at Jack Brown Stadium. The Vikings went three-and-out in the bottom 12th inning as the Trojans held on to a wild 14-13 victory, advancing to the next round scheduled for tonight.
Dakota State, No. 5 seed in the conference tournament, raised their overall record to 11-28. No. 4 seed Valley City State dropped to 13-25 and is one loss away from eliminating from postseason play. The NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated Conference double-elimination tournament features teams from the Association of Independent Institutions and Frontier conferences.
Ryan Bourcier smashed a solo home run on a 2-1 count with one out in the top second inning as DSU earned the first lead of the game at 1-0. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Rays Roman added another score in the top fourth frame to extend their lead to 2-0. He opened with a double to right field and scored caused by VCSU's defensive error.
The Vikings scored their first run of the game in the bottom fourth inning, thanks to three consecutive singles by Brenden Shearer, Joey Demers and Thomas Houdek. Houdek hit an RBI single to score Shearer to cut DSU's lead to 2-1.
Dakota State answered back in the top fifth with three runs scored, all by two outs. Kyle Holland reached on base by a walk. Rays Roman hit a double to advance Holland to third base. Flahie recorded a 2-RBI single to score Holland and Rays Roman as DSU's lead grew to 4-1. The Trojans made it 5-1 after Anyelo Roman hit an RBI double to score Flahie.
Valley City State exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to earn their first lead of the game. The Vikings produced seven hits, including a 3-run home run by Brady Anderson. Preston Jensen added an RBI triple to give Vikings a 9-5 lead.
The Trojans went on to score eight straight runs in the next three innings - three in the sixth inning, four in the seventh inning and one in the eighth inning to regain their lead back.
Kevin Madera reached on base by VCSU's defensive miscue to start the top sixth. Andy Lee hit a single and advanced Madera to second base. Madera scored after Braun reached on base caused by VCSU error to cut the Vikings' lead to 9-6. Chaz Palmer added an RBI ground out to score Lee, followed by Holland's RBI single to score Braun to reduce DSU's deficit to 9-8.
Dakota State recorded three consecutive singles by Anyelo Roman, Bourcier and Madera to open the seventh inning. Lee produced a 2-RBI double to score Evan Tufvesson (pinch runner for Anyelo Roman) and Bourcier to regain a 10-9 lead. Braun added an RBI ground out to score Madera and Palmer hit an RBI single to score Lee to give the Trojans a 12-9 lead.
Madera recorded an RBI double to score Flahie in the top eighth inning to expand DSU's lead to 13-9.
Valley City State answered back in the bottom eighth inning with four runs scored (all with two outs) to tie the game. Dan Buehner hit a 2-RBI double, Jensen added an RBI single and Joey Demers hit an RBI triple to tie the game at 13-13.
The Vikings started the bottom ninth inning with a double by Anderson and a single by Mike Gershman. The Trojans retired the next three batters as DSU extended the game into extra innings.
VCSU left two runners on base in the bottom 11th inning and could not convert their scoring opportunity.
Flahie hit a solo home on a 0-1 count and no out in the top 12th inning as Dakota State regained their lead to 14-13.
Valley City State could not be able to record a hit in the bottom 12th as DSU secured the victory, which the game lasted for three hours and 36 minutes.
The game featured a total of 27 runs, 38 hits and six errors combined by both teams.
It was the second time in the last three games that Dakota State recorded extra-inning victories (defeated Dakota Wesleyan 18-14 in 11 innings on April 26 in Mitchell, S.D.).
Flahie was 4-for-7 at the plate with a home run, three singles and produced three RBIs for the Trojans. Bourcier added four hits with a home run and an RBI. Rays Roman had two doubles. Anyelo Roman, Madera and Lee each had a double and a single. Holland recorded three singles. Palmer had a single.
Lee, Braun and Palmer each recorded two RBIs for Dakota State. Holland, Anyelo Roman and Madera each had an RBI.
Jensen, Shearer and Demers each had three hits for the Vikings. Anderson had a home run, a double and recorded three RBIs. Buehner, Shearer, Demers and Houdek each added two RBIs. Colin Waldner had three walks.
DSU outhit VCSU 21-17 in the game. The Vikings committed six defensive errors while the Trojans had one error.
Both teams left 11 runners on base.
Madera started the game on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits. Madera struck out four VCSU's batters. Drew Sweeter worked for three innings in relief. He gave up four runs on three hits. Jamie Jorgensen pitched 1/3 inning and allowed two runs on three hits. Seth Spears (1-0) recorded his first pitching victory as he tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. He limited VCSU to two hits.
Derek Zitzow pitched the first five innings of the game for the Vikings. He gave up eight runs (four unearned) on seven hits. Corey Pudas worked for one inning in relief. He allowed three runs on four hits. Ryan Shaw tossed two innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Joey Duttenhefer (0-1) recorded the loss in relief as he pitched 3 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits. Chad Leskiw tossed 1/3 inning.
Dakota State moves on to the next round in the conference tournament. The Trojans face the tournament's top-seed Mayville State (N.D.) in the nightcap Wednesday. Valley City State will play the loser of
2013 NAIA Baseball Unaffiliated Conference Tournament (Association of Independent Institutions/Frontier Conferences) - Jack Brown Stadium - Jamestown, N.D.
Wednesday, May 1
Game 1: No. 5 seed Dakota State (S.D.) 14, No. 4 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 13 - FINAL/12 innings
Game 2: No. 3 seed Dickinson State (25-17) vs. No. 2 seed Jamestown (N.D.) - 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 seed Mayville State (30-4-1) vs. No. 5 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (11-28) - 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
Game 4 (Loser's Out game): No. 4 Valley City State (N.D.) (13-25) vs. Game 2 loser - 11 a.m.
Game 5 (Winner's Bracket): Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner - 2:30 p.m.
Game 6 (Loser's Out game): Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 3
Game 7 (Loser's Out game): Game 6 winner vs. Game 5 loser - 12 p.m.
Game 8 (Championship game): Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 winner - 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 4
Game 9 (If necessary - second championship game if Game 5 winner record first loss of the tournament): Game 8 winner vs. Game 8 loser - TBA
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director