SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Dakota State's Kevin Madera struck out nine Briar Cliff (Iowa) batters and the Trojans scored three runs in the final two innings to earn a 3-0 shutout victory in the first game Saturday afternoon at the Bishop Muller Field. The Chargers jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second game and held off DSU's late-game rally for a 5-3 victory, earning a doubleheader split.
Dakota State snapped their four-game losing streak in the first game and currently stands at 9-24 overall record. Briar Cliff, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), is 8-26 overall record.
Game 1 - Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 0 - BOX SCORE
Both Dakota State and Briar Cliff were unable to score in the first five innings of the game.
The Trojans scored its first run of the game in the top sixth inning. Kevin Madera reached on base by a single with one out. Andy Lee made to first base safely after a fielder's choice, while Josh Grissom (courtesy runner for Madera) was out at second base. Chaz Palmer was safe on first base caused by BC's defensive error and advanced Lee to second base. Kyle Braun hit an RBI single to score Lee as DSU earned a 1-0 lead.
Dakota State added two runs in the top seventh inning. Kyle Holland opened with a walk and swiped to second base. Rays Roman hit a single and advanced Holland to third base. Rays Roman stole for second base. Anyelo Roman hit a 2-RBI single to score Holland and Rays Roman to extend Trojans' lead to 3-0.
DSU secured the game as Briar Cliff left one runner on base in the bottom seventh inning.
Madera went 3-for-4 at the plat with three singles for Dakota State. Holland added a double, a single and a run scored. Anyelo Roman produced a single and two RBIs. Braun had a single and an RBI. Rays Roman and Ryan Bourcier each added a single. Lee and Rays Roman each scored once.
Rays Roman swiped two bases for the Trojans. Holland added a stolen base.
Matt Fiechtner had two singles and swiped one base for the Chargers. Angel Talamantes and Matt Boswell each had a hit.
Dakota State outhit Briar Cliff 9-4 in the game.
DSU left nine runners on base compared to BC five runners left on base.
Madera (2-4) tossed a complete game for the Trojans. He limited Briar Cliff to four hits in the game and recorded nine strikeouts.
BC's Brad Winkelman (0-1) picked up his first loss of the season on the pitching mound. He pitched six innings and allowed one unearned run on six hits. Kyle Rommel worked in the seventh inning. He gave up two runs on three hits.
Game 2 - Briar Cliff (Iowa) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 3 - BOX SCORE
The Chargers exploded for five runs in the bottom fourth inning to earn their first lead of the game. BC opened the inning with three straight hits, highlighted by Winkelman's opening double. Briar Cliff produced six hits in the inning.
Dakota State mounted a rally in the top sixth inning with three runs scored. With one out, Holland reached on base by a walk. Rays Roman hit a single to advance Holland to second base. Holland advanced to third base by a wild pitch. The Trojans scored their first run of the game after BC's defensive error, allowing Holland to score to reduce Chargers' lead to 3-1.
Anyelo Roman extended the DSU school record career home run to 24 as he hit a 2-run home run (scored Rays Roman) in the top sixth frame, cutting DSU's deficit to 5-3. It was Anyelo Roman's seventh home run this season.
The Trojans left one runner on base in the final inning as the Chargers held on to the victory.
Anyelo Roman was 1-for-3 at the plate with a home run and produced two RBIs for DSU. Rays Roman, Madera and Palmer each recorded a single. Holland, Rays Roman and Anyelo Roman each had a run scored.
Palmer and Madera each swiped one base for the Trojans.
Winkelman and Boswell each had a double, a single and an RBI for Briar Cliff. Joshua Penrod had two singles. Zach Watts, Fiechtner, Travis Evegen and Gary Davis each had a hit.
BC outhit the Trojans 10-4. The Chargers committed three errors in the game.
Briar Cliff left seven runners on bases. DSU had three runners left on base.
Austin Weber (3-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. Jamie Jorgensen worked for 2 2/3 innings in relief. He held Briar Cliff to three hits.
David Neverline (1-0) notched the victory for the Chargers. He tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on four hits. Adam Alexander pitched 2/3 shutout innings in relief. Jeraldo Montejano recorded his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
Dakota State faces another member of the GPAC Sunday afternoon. The Trojans head to Moeller Field in Fremont, Neb. for a doubleheader versus Midland. First game of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director