Tyler Ruemmele threw a complete game in the nightcap to lead North Dakota to a doubleheader split with Chicago State in Great West Conference action Friday afternoon at Kraft Memorial Field. The sophomore right-hander only gave up one hit in innings two through nine to allow UND to rally for a 5-4 win after a 6-4 defeat in the opener.GRAND FORKS, N.D.--
North Dakota (22-20-1, 12-11 GWC) quickly gathered a 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to five hits in that frame alone. It started with three straight one-out hits by Jeff Campbell, Tyler Follis and Daniel Lockhert to produce the first tally. Luis Calvo plated a pair two batters later with a hit to right field for the early edge.
CSU (8-42, 5-22) came back with two in the top of the next inning with a two-run single from Julian Russell. The Cougars scored an unearned marker in the fourth to tie the score and UND starter Alex Twenge-- who was on a pitch count-- was removed before the fifth to stay fresh for the postseason. Reid Jungling allowed two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth as CSU built a 6-4 lead.
North Dakota got a Follis RBI double for its fourth run but could do no more damage as Cougar starter Andrew Wellwerts got out of the inning and set UND down in order in the final two frames to steal the first game of the series. Wellwerts earned his third win of the season, allowing four runs in sevne innings with five strikeouts and three walks.
Jacob Threlkeld and Follis each registered two hits in the opener.
After a rough first inning that saw three hits and four runs with just one out, Ruemmele settled in nicely to allow just four baserunners over the final 8.2 innings. His nine-inning, 118-pitch outing was the longest of his career, allowing him to rest the bullpen in preparation for next week's Great West Conference Tournament.
The final hit in that shaky first inning was a two-run blast by Aveeno Nasiloski that staked Chicago State to a quick 4-0 advantage. While UND never had a big inning, it continually chipped away at the deficit scoring single runs in five of the first six innings.
The go-ahead run came in the sixth when a one-out single and an error set the stage for Taylor Petersen to lace a two-strike pitch with two down to the gap in right-center field to score the fifth UND run. Ruemmele made it hold up, pitching to contact well, needing just one strikeout to retire 26 of his final 30 batters faced (two walks, a hit and a hit batsman).
Ruemmele kept the game close as the UND offense pieced together its rally. The first run came on a RBI single by Campbell in the first. Patrick Vandoorne drove in the next two runs, the first on a sacrifice fly in the second and the second on an RBI groundout to the right side for a 4-3 Cougar lead in the fourth. The tying run again came off the bat of Campbell when he drove home Zack Trygstad who had doubled to open the fifth.
UND had eight hits in the nightcap, two apiece from Petersen and Campbell.
The two teams end the regular season Saturday at Kraft Field with a single nine-inning contest scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start. UND will honor its seniors playing in their final home game.
Ruemmele's complete game salvages split Friday
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations