DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks split the season opening double head with Dakota Wesleyan on Friday (Feb. 21). Dickinson State took game one, 6-5, but fell in game two, 14-4. The Blue Hawks are 1-1 on the season.
In the first game of the double header the Blue Hawks struck first. Jordan Tescher took a one out walk and then stole second on the next pitch with Eric Seiler batting. Seiler singled to center later in the count to drive Tescher home. The score would remain 1-0 until Wesleyan tied things up in the bottom of the third.
Wesleyan held a 4-1 lead going into the top of the sixth inning. Sommerville relieved Housley on the mound and the problems began to pile up.
Ryan Risse coaxed a leadoff walk. Chad Mosbrucker pinch ran for Risse at first. Thad Lanesingled to shallow right field to put runners on first and second with no outs. Sam Bissongrounded out, but was able to advance the runners to second and third. The number nine hitter, Austin Taft, drew a walk to load the bases with just one out.
With the bases loaded Jake Coyle came to the plate. He picked up a 1-2 count and fouled off three pitches, before lacing the offering from Sommerville into deep left-center field. All three runners came across to score and the game was tied at 4-4. Dakota Wesleyan would get one back in the bottom half to make things 5-4 heading into the final inning of regulation.
The top of the seventh inning started out with a single to center from Risse, who was then lifted for Mosbrucker. Lane walked to put runners on first and second. Bisson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners, but Mosbrucker was thrown out at third. An errant throw from Spitznagel, however, allowed Lane to score and Bisson to advance to third. The game was tied at 5-5. After a strikeout, Coyle took a two out walk to put runners on the corners. Caleb Burgardstepped into the box with two on and two out. After falling behind in the count, 1-2, he fouled off two pitches. Sommerville balked, allowing Bisson to trot home and Coyle moved up to second. The Blue Hawks had taken the lead, 6-5.
In the bottom of the seventh Brendan Hardaway came on to record the save for Dickinson State. He forced Oberembt to fly out in foul territory. Neugebauer would reach on a walk and steal second with one out. Ladner struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Dakota Wesleyan was down to their final out and sent up pinch hitter Schumaker to the plate. Hardaway sent him back to the dugout with three pitches to seal the victory.
Ian Anderson (1-0) recorded his first win of the season. Anderson went 1.2 innings in relief and allowed just one run, while striking out three. Hardaway registered his first save of the season. Risse went 3-for-3 at the plate. Coyle went 1-for-3 and drove in a trio of runs for the Blue Hawks.
Dickinson State was not so lucky in the back end of the double header. The Blue Hawks put up three runs in the third inning, but were matched by Dakota Wesleyan. The Wesleyan hitters would produce 11 more runs in game number two to walk away with a 14-4 victory.
Eric Seiler (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing eight runs over four innings. At the plate, Seiler went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Burgard and Coyle also had a RBI each.
Dickinson State will be back on the field Saturday (Feb 22) as they take on Dakota Wesleyan in a double-header. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. MST.