USD baseball sweeps doubleheader Saturday

USD baseball sweeps doubleheader Saturday Cress Murdock successfully laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to score John Quade as South Dakota rallied for an 8-7 win in game one of a doubleheader sweep over Augustana on Saturday. USD won game two by a 12-0 score, which was its second shutout in three games against Augustana. The South Dakota baseball team (21-13, 8-4) continued its offensive onslaught in a North Central Conference doubleheader sweep over Augustana (11-18, 4-8) on Saturday at Prentis Park in Vermillion.

The Coyotes used a suicide squeeze to win game one, 8-7, rallying with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Then, USD recorded its second shutout in three games with a 12-0 win. �

With the two wins on Saturday, USD won its third straight NCC game. USD broke out its bats during this weekend. In the four-game series, the Coyotes had a .368 batting average with 43 hits and 37 runs to go with six home runs and 10 doubles.

As a team USD had a .607 slugging percentage. The pitching was also solid as USD allowed 13 runs and just 26 hits in 29 innings and had a 2.79 earned run average. Perhaps the most impressive of the Coyotes was Chris Fielder of Aliso Viejo, CA. In the series, he had 12 hits in 15 at bats with three doubles, a home run and four RBI. He had a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .812 on base percentage.

In game one, USD rallied twice, including pushing across a pair of runs in the decisive seventh inning, to grab the 8-7 win. �

After Augustana broke through for four runs in the first inning, the Coyotes put together six hits to tie the game at 4-4. In the bottom half of the first, USD received RBI from Brian Hohenthaner (Sioux Falls), Fielder, Larry Mahoney (Garden Grove, CA) and Bryan Wegman (Elkhorn, NE).

The Vikings responded with a run in the second inning when Jeremy Schultz, who had tripled to open the second, scored on a Coyote error. USD came back with a run of their own, when Fielder, who had three hits in four trips to the plate and two RBI, had an RBI double to score Hohenthaner.� USD grabbed a 6-5 lead in the third inning when Bobby Sullivan (Mitchell) had an RBI double to score Todd Schmidtke (Blue Earth, MN).

Then, it was Augustana's turn to rally to take the lead. First, they tied the game with a run in the fifth on a RBI double by D.J. Juhlke.�The Vikings grabbed a 7-6 lead with a run in the sixth when Phil Lang, who had doubled, scored on a sacrifice fly by Gary Walz.

The Coyotes responded with its two-run rally in the seventh. Fielder led off with a double and John Quade (Sioux City, IA) walked, with both runners advancing a base on Schmidke's sacrifice bunt.�

Mahoney was hit by a pitch to load the bases. USD tied the game when Augustana's Louie Opatz threw a wild pitch with USD's Cress Murdock (Lakewood, CA) at the plate. Then the Coyotes pulled off a suicide squeeze as Murdock laid down a bunt and Quade scored the winning run.

South Dakota starter Matt Huggett (Anaheim, CA) moved to 4-0 with a complete game win. He allowed nine hits and seven runs (three earned) in seven innings of work. He had six strikeouts and five walks. Tom DeBoer took the loss for Augustana, working 1 1/3 innings. Augustana starter Ryan Nett went five innings, allowing six runs and 10 hits with two walks and a strikeout. Opatz faced one hitter (Murdock) for Augustana.

Hohenthaner had two hits and two stolen bases for USD. Robin Chute (Chelsea, IA) also had two hits for the Coyotes. Behind the pitching of Daniel Sons (Moreno Valley, CA) and a nine-run fourth inning, South Dakota cruised to a 12-0 win in game two of the doubleheader.

Sons (2-5) won for the second time this season by limiting Augustana to five hits in five innings. He had three strikeouts and walked just two hitters. Robert Davis (Bell Flower, CA) and Justin Berg (New Richmond, MN) finished for the Coyotes. Davis and Berg each pitched one inning of shutout relief.

Troy Wunderlich took the loss for Augustana. He allowed seven hits and five runs in three innings of work. Mike Loberg and Travis Pugliese also pitched for the Vikings. Loberg allowed four hits and seven runs (six earned) in one inning of work. He also had two walks. Pugliese allowed just one hit in two innings of work.

South Dakota opened the scoring with a run in its home half of the first inning when Chute scored on Hohenthaner's RBI ground out. The Coyotes added two more runs in the second for a 3-0 lead. Sullivan's one-out double scored both Mahoney and Drake Carlson (Elkhorn, NE) for USD.

The game was decided in the fourth inning when the Coyotes put together nine runs on six hits and benefited from a pair of Augustana errors. Mahoney had a two-run double during the offensive outburst by USD.

USD was led by four players with two hits a piece. Hohenthaner had two singles and two RBI while Fielder also had two hits and an RBI. Carlson contributed two hits, two runs scored and an RBI while Sullivan had two hits, three RBI and a stolen base.

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