FREMONT, Neb. - Midland (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) scored once in the bottom third inning Sunday afternoon college baseball action versus Dakota State at the Moeller Field. DSU left two runners on base in the top ninth inning as the Warriors held on to a 1-0 nine-inning victory.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 9-25. Midland won their seventh straight game (including third straight win by the scores of 1-0 and their sixth win in the stretch that the game was decided by one run) to raise their overall record to 25-18.
The Trojans were unable to earn their first lead in the opening inning. With Kyle Holland on third base with one out, Anyelo Roman hit a fly ball to right field and the Warriors completed a double play as Holland was tagged out at home.
DSU prevented the Warriors from scoring in the bottom first inning as MU left runners on second and third bases.
Midland scored its first run of the game in the bottom third frame. Jake Loftus was hit-by-pitch to opening the bottom third. He advanced to second base after Andrew Cassidy recorded a sacrifice bunt. Zach Kinsella hit an RBI single with two outs to score Loftus to give Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Anyelo Roman reached on base after being hit-by-pitch to open the top ninth inning for Dakota State. Kevin Madera reached on first base by a catcher's interference with one out and advanced Anyelo Roman to second base. The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring opportunity as the Warriors held on to a one-run victory.
Holland, Rays Roman, Anyelo Roman and Chaz Palmer each had a single for DSU. Palmer and Kyle Braun each swiped one base.
Kinsella went 1-for-3 at the plate with a single and an RBI for Midland. Vinnie Orsi produced two singles. Dylan Steyer had a double. Jack Davis recorded a hit.
MU left eight runners on base. The Trojans had seven runners left on base.
Both teams committed two errors in the game.
Michael Crain (1-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for the Trojans. He tossed seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. Crain struck out eight Midland's batters. Josh Caven worked two innings in relief and limited the Warriors to one hit.
Grant Giesselmann started the game for the Warriors as he pitched four innings. He allowed two hits. Trey Baker (1-0) picked up the victory as he pitched in the fifth inning, giving up one hit. The Warriors used three different pitchers in relief - Josh Rolls (sixth and seventh innings), Zach Mendlik (eighth inning) and Steyer (ninth inning) after Baker recorded the victory. Steyer recorded his second save of the season.
Dakota State returns back to action Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans visit NCAA Division I South Dakota State in a nine-inning game at the Erv Huether Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Brookings, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director