USD baseball team splits with Huron The University of South Dakota men's baseball team earned a split with Huron University in a doubleheader March 24 at Headid Field in Sioux City, IA.
Huron won game one by a 5-3 count with the Coyotes rebounding in game two and winning 10-0. The Coyotes moved their record to 8-7.
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After three scoreless innings in game one, Huron jumped on Coyote pitcher Dominick Palumbo for five runs in the fourth. The Coyotes answered with three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
Coyote first baseman Rob Heisel opened the inning with a double and advanced to third on a flyout by David Iman. John Quade singled to score Heisel. Quade advanced to second on a pass ball and scored when Nate Dunlap hit an RBI single. Bryan Hohenthaner doubled to score Dunlop.
From that point, both pitchers shut down the offenses and Huron took game one.
The Coyotes had three runs on six hits and one error while Huron had five runs on seven hits and three errors. Palumbo started and took the loss, which dropped his record to 1-2 on the season. He went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and recording 10 strikeouts. It was the third straight game that a Coyote pitcher has recorded double figure strikeouts.
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In game two, the Coyotes scored four runs in the first inning, adding a score in the third and ending the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Dustin Moore, who had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored, doubled to open the Coyote first inning. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Moore scored on a wild pitch. Chris Laws followed with his second home run of the season. After two batters failed to reach base, Iman singled to shortstop, advancing to second on a throwing error by Huron. Dunlap singled through the right side to score Iman who advanced to second on a throw to the plate and scored when Rob Lopez singled up the middle.
In the third, Iman opened with a double and Dunlap reached on a throwing error by Huron. Lopez hit a sacrifice fly, which scored Iman.
In the fifth, Heisel led off by hitting his fourth home of the season. Then, Iman doubled to left center and Dunlap was hit by a pitch. Lopez was out on a bunt, which advanced both runners. Chris Gosch walked and moved to second on a passed ball with Iman scoring. Moore ended the game by hitting a three-run homer to center field.
The Coyotes had 10 runs on 11 hits and one error while Huron had just four hits and no runs with three errors. Craig Harris started for South Dakota and received the win, allowing just four hits in five innings and recording eight strikeouts. Harris improved his record to 1-1 on the season.
Offensively for the Coyotes, Laws had two hits, a run scored and RBI, while Iman had three hits and three runs scored in three trips to the plate.