OKLAHOMA CITY - The Dakota State University baseball team kicked off their week-long trip Friday at the James Curtis Field. The Trojans cruised to a doubleheader sweep over Mid-American Christian by the scores of 4-2 and 10-5.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 3-4. Oklahoma Christian, a member of Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), dropped their overall record to 1-11.
Game 1 - Dakota State (S.D.) 4, Mid-American Christian (Okla.) 2 - BOX SCORE
Rays Roman opened the game with a single for the Trojans. He stole for second base. Kyle Holland hit a fly out to advance Rays Roman to third base. Anyelo Roman hit a 2-run home run to give DSU a 2-0 early lead. He tied the DSU baseball school record for most career home runs with 18 (Shea Tonkin - 2005-07).
The Evangels answered back with two runs scored in the bottom of the first inning. Christian Hill hit a single with one out. He advanced to second on a stolen base. Kory Palmer reached on base by a walk. Jake Magness hit an RBI single to score Hill to trim DSU's lead to 2-1. Taylor Daniels added an RBI single with two outs to score Palmer to tie the game at 2-2.
Chaz Palmer recorded an RBI double to score Kyle Braun in the top of the fourth frame to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
DSU added a run in the top seventh inning. Kyle Holland opened with a walk. He swiped to second base. Anyelo Roman hit a single to left field and advanced Holland to third base. Kevin Madera hit an RBI single to score Holland to extend Trojans' lead to 4-2.
Mid-American Christian left one runner on base as the Trojans sealed the victory.
Anyelo Roman was 2-for-4 with a home run, a single and recorded two RBIs for the Trojans. Madera added a double, a single and an RBI. Palmer had a double and an RBI. Rays Roman and Holland each had a single and a run scored. Holland swiped two bases.
Magness had two singles and an RBI for the Evangels. Taylor Daniels added a hit and an RBI. Z Tipton and Kory Palmer each had a single.
DSU outhit Mid-American Christian 7-5.
The Evangels committed three defensive errors in the game.
Dakota State left nine runners on bases. MAC had seven runners left on bases.
Michael Crain notched his first pitching victory for the Trojans. He tossed five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Crain recorded four strikeouts. Austin Weber worked the last two innings of the game to earn his first save of the season. He limited the Evangels to one hit.
Brett Lamb (0-3) took the loss for Mid-American Christian. He pitched six-plus innings and gave up four runs on six hits. Lamb struck out four DSU's batters. Blaine Garriot worked one innings in relief, giving up a hit.
Game 2 - Dakota State (S.D.) 10, Mid-American Christian (Okla.) 5 - BOX SCORE
The Trojans exploded for three runs in the opening inning of the second game. Rays Roman hit a single. He swiped for second base. Holland reached on base by a walk. Both Rays Roman and Holland recorded a stolen base to third and second bases, respectively. Madera hit an RBI ground out to score Rays Roman to give DSU a 1-0 lead. Holland scored by a MAC's wild pitch to make it 2-0 in favor of the Trojans. Ryan Bouricer reached on base by Evangel's defensive miscue. Danny Flahie hit an RBI double to score Bouricer to widen DSU's lead to 3-0.
Tipton hit an RBI triple to score Trent Daniels to trim DSU's lead to 3-1 in the bottom third frame.
MAC added a run in the bottom fourth inning caused by Trojans' defensive error to reduce DSU's lead to 3-2.
Anyelo Roman recorded an RBI single to score Chaz Palmer in the top of the fifth inning to extend Trojans' lead to 4-2.
In the bottom fifth inning, Tanner Ward hit an RBI ground out to score Hill as MAC trimmed their deficit to 4-3.
Dakota State exploded for four runs in the top sixth frame to widen their lead. Bouricer and Flahie both reached on base by a walk. Seth Spears hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Bouricer to third base and Flahie to second base. Braun reached on base by MAC's defensive error and scored Bourcier to make it 5-3 DSU. Chaz Palmer hit a 2-RBI triple to score Flahie and Braun to extend DSU's lead to 7-3. DSU added a run by Rays' Roman RBI sacrifice fly to score Chaz Palmer to make it 8-3 in favor of the Trojans.
Flahie opened the top seventh inning with a single for DSU. Spears reached first base by a walk and advanced Flahie to second base. Chaz Palmer hit a single to set up a base-loaded situation with one out for the Trojans. Holland recorded an RBI single to score Flahie for a 9-3 lead. The Trojans made it 10-3 by Anyelo Roman's RBI walk to score Spears.
Trent Dainels hit a 2-RBI single to cut DSU's lead to 10-5 in the bottom seventh inning. The Trojans secured the game as the Evangels left two runners on base.
Chaz Palmer produced a triple, a single, two RBIs and two runs for Dakota State. Flahie added a double, a single, an RBI and two runs scored. Anyelo Roman added two hits and two RBIs. Rays Roman and Holland each had a single, an RBI and a run scored. Braun had an RBI.
Trent Daniels had two hits and an RBI for the Evangels. Tipton, Hill, Magness and Taylor Daniels each had a hit.
The Trojans outhit MAC 8-5.
DSU had five errors in the game compared to the Evangels' two errors.
Dakota State left nine runners on base, while MAC had 10 runners left on base.
Drew Sweeter started the game for DSU. He worked the first 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Seth Rockafellow (1-0) recorded the victory in relief as he tossed one hitless inning. He allowed one unearned run. Luke Gassman pitched for 2/3 shutout innings. Anyelo Roman pitched the last two innings of the game and allowed two unearned runs on two hits.
Dalton Majors (0-4) recorded the loss for the Evangels. He tossed three innings and gave up three runs (one unearned) on two hits. Levi Nelson pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs on one hit. He allowed four bases-on-balls. Tim Ulloa worked 2/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits. Kory Palmer tossed the last 1 1/3 inning. He allowed two runs on three hits.
Dakota State continues their action on the road Saturday afternoon. The Trojans travels to Claremore, Okla. to take on the nationally-ranked Rogers State, No. 5 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll. Rogers State advanced to the NAIA Baseball World Series National Championship game last May. First game of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at the Diamond Sports Complex.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director