USD baseball team loses two to South Dakota State

USD baseball team loses two to South Dakota State The University of South Dakota dropped a North Central Conference college baseball twin bill to South Dakota State University Friday at Huether Field in Brookings.

The Jacks opened a 6-2 lead after two innings and won the opener 10-9, then broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the third and won the nightcap 4-3.

The sweep makes SDSU 15-13-1 overall, 6-3-1 in NCC play, while USD dropped to 22-15 overall, 2-8 in the NCC.

In the first game, SDSU had leads of 6-2 and 10-6, but USD scored three in the seventh and had two on when Jackrabbit reliever Nate Sticha coaxed a pop-up to short by Leonard Rau to end the game.

Russ Langer led the 14-hit SDSU attack with three singles while Ryan Sauter, Kerry Jacobson, Chris Studer and Grant Pudas had two hits each. Josh Guse drove in three runs, two with a first-inning double.

Dustin Moore had four hits to lead the 12-hit USD attack. Mike Miller had a pair of doubles for the Coyotes.

Sticha saved the victory for Tim Buterbaugh.

After USD opened a 3-0 lead in the second game, SDSU tied it in the bottom of the second. Russ Langer led off the inning with a homer, then Josh Guse singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jeff Biehn before Adam Gregg drove in the tying run with a single.

USD got a two-run double from Josh Kuecker in the first inning and a solo homer by Kyle Thousand in the second inning.

Rob Hirrschoff got the win for SDSU, working the first five innings, before Ryan Sauter came on to pitch two shutout innings and earn the save.

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