South Dakota splits doubleheader Sunday The South Dakota baseball team (19-11, 4-4 in the NCC), led by the pitching of Rob Miller, defeated Minnesota State-Mankato (16-10, 5-3 in the NCC), 5-0, to earn a split of a North Central Conference baseball doubleheader at Prentis Park on Sunday afternoon. The Mavericks won game one, 11-3.
Miller (Rapid City) scattered eight hits over seven innings in
recording his second complete game of the season. He had seven strikeouts and no walks although he hit two batters. Miller (7-0) won his second game of the weekend as he pitched three innings in the Coyotes' 11-8 win over St. Cloud State on Saturday.
In game two, the Coyotes opened up a 5-0 lead as catcher Dean Devine (Seneca, IL) and first baseman Rob Heisel (Melbourne, FL) had back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Later in the inning, shortstop Nate Dunlap (Northridge, CA) had a two-run single which gave the Coyotes a 5-0 lead.
Tim Tutko took the loss for Minnesota State. He allowed nine hits and five runs in three innings of work. Ryan Walters came on in relief of Tutko in the fourth inning. He worked two innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts and two walks. Adam Steen finished for the Mavericks, working an inning of scoreless relief.
In game two, Devine hit his third home run of the weekend and the seventh this season. Meanwhile Heisel hit his ninth home run of the season and the second of the day. He homered in the Coyotes' 11-3 loss in game one.
Dustin Moore (South Sioux City, NE), Casey Baker (Sioux City, IA) and Horace Lawrence (San Francisco, CA) all had two hits for South Dakota. The Coyotes had five runs on 10 hits and no errors while the Mavericks had no runs on eight hits and one error.
In game one, the Mavericks recorded an 11-3 win as they scored seven runs in the final two innings that broke open a close game. MSU lefthander Aaron Heitzman picked up the win, allowing eight hits and three runs in five innings. He had four strikeouts and no walks. Joe Kern and Eric Meyer each worked an inning in relief of Heitzman.
Lawrence (1-3) took the loss for South Dakota. Lawrence worked six innings, allowing seven hits and six runs with five strikeouts and three walks. Don Mendel (New Brighton, MN) entered the game in the seventh inning in relief of Lawrence but failed to record an out. He gave up five runs, including four earned runs, on one hit and error and three batters hit by a pitch. Steve Kinsland (Monroe, MI) came on in relief of Mendel, pitching one inning and allowing just one hit, although it was a three-run double by MSU's Cory Ranweiler in the seventh inning.
After two scoreless innings, the Mavericks put up a four-spot in the third inning. However the Coyotes answered with two runs in the fourth inning and a run in the fifth, which was a home run off the bat of Heisel. Then, the Mavericks put the game away in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Mavericks had 11 runs on nine hits and no errors while South Dakota had three runs on eight hits and two errors. Three South Dakota hitters had two hits, including Moore, Heisel and Bryan Hohenthaner (Sioux Falls).
Next the Coyotes play at Morningside on April 20 before hosting the Mustangs on Sunday, April 21 at Prentis Park. The Coyotes play NCC doubleheaders on both dates with Morningside.