USD baseball team sweeps Northern State University

USD baseball team sweeps Northern State University South Dakota improved its baseball record to 17-4 with four wins over Northern State last week. The Coyotes traveled to Wayne State Tuesday, followed by a doubleheader against South Dakota State Wednesday in Vermillion.

Friday in Aberdeen, the Coyotes rolled past Northern State by the scores of 16-6 and 14-5. Tuesday in Vermillion, USD defeated the Wolves twice with a 9-5 decision in the first game and an 8-2 verdict in the second game.

In the opener against Northern State Friday, Mike Miller sparked the Coyotes when he tied USD school records with three home runs and seven runs batted in.

Mark Jenkins hit three homers against Yankton College in 1976 and Tom Sahli drove in seven runs for the Coyotes in a game against Northern State in 1968. USD finished with 16 hits in the game.

Jeff Snell had a two-run home run, and Dustin Moore tallied two singles and a triple. Derek Huxford had a double and two singles, while Don Busi notched three singles and he drove in two runs. Kyle Thousand picked up the win going five innings with seven strikeouts.

The Coyotes also had 16 hits in the second game Friday led by Snell, who was 3-for-3 with a home run and two singles for five RBIs. Josh Kuecker, who improved his pitching record to 6-1, had three singles and two RBIs. Darold DeBolt belted a two-run homer, while Chris Gosch and Thousand finished with two hits apiece.

In the four-game series with Northern State, the Coyotes banged out 53 hits with 21 on Tuesday and 32 on Friday.

In the first game Tuesday, the Coyotes grabbed a 2-0 lead on Miller's two-run home run. USD pulled away with five runs on five hits in the fourth.

USD tallied four doubles in the fourth led by a two-run double by Moore. Moore ended up going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Kuecker was 2-for-4 with a single and a double, and Miller was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Snell connected for a solo homer in the sixth inning.

Winning pitcher Matt McDermott went five innings with no walks and four strikeouts. McDermott is 6-0 on the season with a 1.45 ERA.

In the second game, the Coyotes held a 3-2 lead through five innings before exploding for five runs on four hits in the sixth for an 8-2 margin.

The key blow in the sixth was a three-run home run by Kuecker, who also tallied a run-scoring double in the fifth. Kuecker, who also had a single, finished with four RBIs. Huxford and Nathan Dunlap had two singles apiece.

Winning pitcher Ryan Goodwin went five innings with three strikeouts. Goodwin and John Brunswold, who earned the save, combined for a two-hitter.

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