JAMESTOWN, ND- The Dickinson State University baseball team finished their season last weekend after going 1-2 in the NSAA tournament.
Opening Round: UJ DSU 6
The Blue Hawks made a run for it with an impressive power display in the middle innings, but came up short in the opening round of the NSAA Conference Tournament against the University of Jamestown, losing 14-7.
Alex Sablan hit a three-run homer as the Jimmies took a 4-0 lead against Dickinson State. UJ scored another run in the inning on a wild pitch. Jamestown struck again in the top of the third, plating three runs.
Dickinson State got on the board in the bottom of the third as Nate Demarais scored on a fielder's choice. The Blue Hawks added single runs in the fourth and fifth on groundouts, cutting the Jimmie lead to 7-3.
Chad Mackay and Trevor Oldham homered on consecutive pitches to open the bottom of the sixth, and after a pitching change TJ McCullough homered to make the score 7-6. However, this was the closest the Blue Hawks would get. Jamestown took advantage of two Blue Hawk errors and a passed ball to get two runs in the top of the seventh to push their lead to 9-6. Sagan Osborne hit Dickinson State's fourth homerun of the game in the bottom of the seventh to get one of the runs back.
Chase Thometz was the winning pitcher, working five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He walked five and struck out three.
Sean Getchell took the loss for the Blue Hawks. He lasted three innings and gave up seven runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out one.
2nd Round: DSU 5 PC 4
Sagan Osborne homered to lead off the top of the 10th and Dickinson State capped a rally from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Presentation College 5-4 and remain alive in the NSAA Conference Tournament.
Presentation scored a run in the first on Josh Tabor's RBI single, then doubled their lead in the bottom of the third as Anthony Guzman scored after Jace Wyatt struck out and reached on a wild pitch.
Guzman doubled home the Saints' third run in the bottom of the fourth and Lane Hovde executed a squeeze bunt to score Josh Youngchild and make it 4-0 after four.
Dickinson State got one run back in the top of the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Trevor Oldham. Trailing 4-1 in the top of the 9th inning the Blue Hawks got to work. Sagan Osborne led of the inning with a hit by pitch and Jacob Cuch followed with a two-run blast to right field, bringing the Blue Hawks to within one, 4-3. With runners at first and second, Danny Brescia doubled to right, bringing home pinch-runner Karson Hanosky and tying the game at four.
Jon Koessel retired the first two Presentation hitters in the bottom of the 10th. Youngchild reached on an error and Guzman walked, then a Koessel wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Koessel forced a pop up to first by Lane Hovde and ended the Saints' threat.
Koessel earned the win in relief of starter Lane. He worked three innings of hitless ball, walking one and striking out four. Lane gave up four runs on 10 hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two.
Elimination Game 2: UJ 14 DSU 4
After a thrilling victory in the morning game the DSU Blue Hawks looked to continue their conference tournament run against the University of Jamestown. Unfortuantely, a powerful Jimmie offense proved to be too much for the Blue Hawks as they fell 14-4 to end their tournament and season.
Kory Wolden, Peter Pennylegion and Scooter Turin all homered for the Jimmies. Turin finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored while Pennylegion ended with three hits, three runs scored, and a pair driven in. Wolden and Quinn Irey both and two hits and two RBI, and Christian Shouman and Landon Uetz had two hits.
Logan Lund pitched a complete game, striking out 10 over eight innings of work. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits, and walked two.
After Dylan Skabo scored in the Blue Hawks' first at-bat to take a 1-0 lead, Jamestown responded with six runs on six hits in the bottom half. Wolden homered to lead off the inning, tying the game, then an RBI double by Vince Sablan, a sac fly by Quinn Irey, and a three-run homer from Turin made it 6-0.
TJ McCullough's homer in the top of the second cut the Jimmies' lead to 6-2. A fielder's choice by Sagan Osborne and an RBI single by Jacob Cuch brought the Blue Hawks within two runs at 6-4, but again this would be the closest they would get as UJ responded with 8 unanswered runs for the final tally. Dylan Skabo had two of Dickinson State's five hits. Jacob Cuch, McCullough, and Danny Brescia had the others.
Ryan Absher took the loss for Dickinson State, who ends the season at 22-27. He pitched four innings, giving up nine runs on nine hits, walked five and did not strike out a batter. Taylor Dantini, Joey Buchanan, and Trevor Oldham combined to allow 5 runs on 7 hits to finish the game for the Blue Hawks