NDSU falls 10-6 to South Dakota baseball team

NDSU falls 10-6 to South Dakota baseball team With the playoffs still a possibility, The University of South Dakota baseball team erupted for nine second inning runs and rolled to a 10-6 North Central Conference win over the North Dakota State Bison on May 6 in Fargo, ND.

With the win, the Coyotes, 23-17, 9-8 in the NCC, snapped a five-game losing streak against the Bison. The second game of the twin bill was canceled due to wet conditions.

South Dakota starting pitcher John Brunswold pitched a complete game and finished the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record this season. Brunswold allowed eight hits and six runs � one earned � in seven innings. He recorded nine strike outs. Nate Dunlap and Roberto Lopez each had two hits for the Coyotes.

Things didn't appear rosy early in the game for the Coyotes. NDSU opened up a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Jason Brueske, who singled, and Chris Volkman, who was hit by a pitch, both scored on a double by Sam Rothstein. After a walk to Blair Johnson and a balk, both Rothstein and Johnson scored on an error by South Dakota.

The NDSU lead was very short-lived as the Coyotes exploded for nine runs in the decisive second inning. With one out, Todd Dekkers walked, Nate Dunlap and Rob Lopez singled to load the bases. Then, NDSU's Justin Burchill hit consecutive batters, Brian Hohenthaner and Dustin Moore, which forced in Dekkers and Dunlap.

Derek Huxford followed with an RBI single to move the Coyotes within 4-3. After a pitching change, the third Coyote � Eric Archer � was hit by a pitch, which brought home Hohenthaner.

Rob Heisel reached on an error by NDSU in which both Huxford and Moore scored. When Chris Laws grounded out to shortstop, Archer scored. After Dekkers walked, Dunlap had his second hit of the inning, driving in Heisel. Then, Lopez had his second hit of the inning, an RBI single to right field that gave South Dakota a 9-4 lead.

The Coyotes added a run in the third inning when Moore scored on a double play off the bat of Archer. That was all the scoring until the seventh inning when NDSU added two runs. The next two hitters, Jeremiah Piepkorn and Matt Mann, both singled and scored when Jeremy Oligmueller doubled down the right field line.

After the win, USD still had a chance to make the NCC tournament, but had to await the results of the May 7 games between St. Cloud State and Minnesota State, Mankato. MSU already clinched the top seed and will host the tournament, but SCSU had an 8-5 NCC record.

USD needed St. Cloud State to lose all three games against MSU, Mankato on Monday in order to secure the fourth seed in the tournament.

MSU, Mankato won the completion of Saturday's suspended game 5-3 in 10 innings and the first game of the teams' regularly scheduled doubleheader 13-4, but SCSU came back and won the second game 5-3 to leave USD out of the tournament.

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