MADISON, S.D. - After playing the first 28 games on road/neutral sites, the Dakota State University baseball team played their first home game of the season versus Morningside (Iowa) Monday afternoon at Flynn Field. Three Mustangs pitchers recorded a combined 13 strikeouts to defeat the Trojans by the score of 9-2 in a nine-inning game.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 8-21. Morningside, member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, won their third straight game and raised their overall record to 15-19.
After two scoreless innings, Morningside earned the game's first lead of the game in the top third inning. Trevor Miller opened with a single. Adison Gillett hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Miller to second base. AJ Staiert recorded an RBI double to score Miller as MC gained a 1-0 lead. Tanner O'Neill added an RBI double with two outs and scored Staiert for a 2-0 lead in favor of the Mustangs. Morningside made it 3-0 after Keaton Rowe's RBI single to score O'Neill.
Kyle Holland recorded an RBI double in the bottom third inning as DSU trimmed MC's lead to 3-1.
The Mustangs added three runs in the top fourth frame. Cole Halgerson recorded a walk. Miller was hit-by-pitch and advanced Halgerson to second base. Gillett hit an RBI single to score Halgerson as the Mustangs' lead grew to 4-1. Staiert recorded an RBI fielder's choice to score Miller to extend MC's lead to 5-1. Britt Anderson hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Dustin Guihan (courtesy runner for Gillett) for a 6-1 MC lead.
DSU produced a run in the bottom fifth frame to cut Mustangs' lead by four runs. Seth Spears reached on base by a walk. Rays Roman hit a double and advanced Nathan Wieneke to third base. Wieneke scored caused by MC's defensive error as DSU trimmed their deficit to 6-2. The Trojans could not convert their scoring opportunities as they left three runners on base when the inning ended.
Morningside extended their lead to 8-2 after Anderson hit a 2-RBI single.
The Mustangs scored once to widen their lead to 9-2 in the top eighth inning due to DSU's defensive miscue.
Dakota State went three-and-out in the bottom ninth as MC secured the victory.
Rays Roman and Holland each had a double for the Trojans. Anyleo Roman, Kevin Madera and Kyle Braun each added a single. Holland recorded an RBI. Spears had two walks.
Anderson was 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles and three RBIs for Morningside. Staiert had a double, a single and recorded two RBIs. Halgerson and Gillett each had two hits. O'Neill, Rowe and Gillett each had an RBI.
The Mustangs had four stolen bases in the game. Guihan swiped two times, while Staiert and O'Neill each had one stolen base.
MC outhit DSU 12-5. Both teams committed one defensive error.
The Trojans left nine runners on base. Morningside had seven runners left on base.
DSU produced two double plays twice in the game by Rays Roman, Holland and Madera. MC had one double play in the game.
Josh Caven (1-2) recorded the loss for the Trojans. He started the game and tossed three innings. Caven allowed three runs on five hits. Seth Rockafellow pitched the fourth inning and gave up three runs on one hit. Austin Weber worked for four innings in relief and allowed three runs (one unearned) on four hits. Jamie Jorgensen pitched in the ninth inning and allowed two hits.
Morningside used three different pitchers for three innings in the game. Derek Appley (2-0) picked up the victory for the Mustangs. He gave up one run on two hits. John Russell limited DSU to one hit. Appley and Russell each recorded four strikeouts. Lance Spongberg struck out five DSU's batters in the last three innings of work.
Dakota State visits Morningside (Iowa) on Thursday in a nine-inning game. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Park in Sioux City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director