JAMESTOWN, ND- The Dickinson State University Baseball team dropped the first three games to #10 University of Jamestown but pulled away with a win in game four.
Game 1: UJ 9, DSU 6
Poor defense and a lack of timely hitting cost the Blue Hawks the first game against the Jimmies. The Blue Hawks committed four costly errors and left 14 runners on base after out-hitting the Jimmies 17-15.
The Blue Hawks scored a run in the top of the first but the Jimmies answered back with five in the bottom of the first, one in the second and two in the third. DSU would score three in the top of the fourth but the Jimmies plated another run in the bottom. The Blue Hawks would add two runs in the top of the eighth but fell to UJ 9-6.
Jacob Hignite led the Blue Hawks going 3-5 with a double while Jacob Cuch was 3-5 with two RBI's. Dylan Skabo was 2-4 with three runs scored and Jake YOung was also 2-4 with an RBI. Austin Tennant, Tyler Czech and Ryan Mitchell each recorded two hits while Sagan Osborne added a double and three RBI's.
Gabriel Lizarraga soffered the loss going five innings allowing nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits with three walks. Travis Rowe tossed three innings in relief allowing no runs on five hits with a strikeout.
Game 2: UJ 12, DSU 0
A strong pitching performance by Jimmies pitcher, Brad Bennett, held the Blue Hawk hitters to five hits. The Jimmies scored in every inning in game two. UJ put up two in the first, one in each of the second through fourth innings, four in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Hignite led the Blue Hawks going 2-3 with a double. Osborne added a double while Cuch and John Hollingsworth added hits in the loss.
Joey Buchanan took the loss going 3.2 innings allowing five runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Taylor Dantini tossed 1.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits with a strikeout. Cuch did not record an out after giving up three runs on two hits with a walk and Czech tossed the final inning allowing no runs on one hit.
Game 3: UJ 9, DSU 6
The Jimmies plated one run in the first and two in the second before the Blue Hawks scored a run in the third. UJ answered back with two in the third. DSU plated four runs in the fourth but once again the Jimmies answered back with three in the bottom. UJ would score another in the sixth and DSU would add a run in the ninth but fell to the Jimmies 9-6.
Czech led the Blue Hawks going 2-4 with a homerun and two RBI's while Young was 2-5 with two RBI's and Hignite added two hits. Osborne and Mitchell added a hit with an RBI while Skabo and Jeff VanCleave recorded a hit in the loss.
Josh Schuller took the loss going 3.1 innings allowing eight runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Jonathan Koessl tossed 3.2 innings in relief allowing one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Tennant threw the last inning allowing no runs on no hits with a strikeout.
Game 4: DSU 10, UJ 6
The Blue Hawks had two big scoring innings while scoring four in the fourth and six in the fifth. The Jimmies plated three in the fourth and three in the sixth but suffered their first NSAA loss of the season.
Czech led the Blue Hawks going 2-4 with two runs scored and three RBI's. Osborne was 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Hollingsworth came up with a huge two RBI pinch-hit single. Skabo was 1-3, Hignite was 1-3 with two runs scored and VanCleave was 1-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Tennant added a hit and an RBI with a run scored while Mitchell added a hit in the win.
Tony Roberts earned the win going 5.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Jason Thibault did not record an out in relief allowing one run on no hits with two walks. Sean Getchell tossed the final 1.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
The Blue Hawks are now 17-22 overall and 4-7 in NSAA play.
Dickinson State will host Dakota State University in a four game NSAA matchup on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's games will start at 1:00 PM (MDT) and Sunday's games will begin at 12:00 PM (MDT) on Astoria Field at the South Side Ballpark.