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Zack Trygstad had a pair of hits and an RBI Friday.
CSU wins opener of WAC series 10-2
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Updated: Saturday 04/18/2014 20:52:08 (ET)
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CHICAGO, Ill.-- A six-run sixth inning paced host Chicago State in its 10-2 Western Athletic Conference win over North Dakota Friday evening. CSU picked up its first league win.

"Tonight we were out-coached, out-pitched, out-hit and out-defended," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "I didn't prepare our club to properly play in tonight's game. Tonight's loss is not on our players, it's on me."

North Dakota (6-17, 6-4 WAC) got on the board first as Zack Trygstad's RBI single up the middle broke a scoreless tie in the third. Tyler Follis singled with one out and after a Jeff Campbell walk, Trygstad ripped a 1-1 pitch right back through the box to give UND the early lead.

CSU (11-23, 1-9) struck back in the bottom of that inning with an unearned run. But it was the sixth inning that proved to be UND's undoing.

In that frame, CSU chased starter Andrew Thome with three straight hits to open the inning. All three would come around to score without the benefit of another hit as a bases loaded walk, a hit by pitch and a fielding error produced the first three runs of the frame. The Cougars would get three more with just one more hit to take a commanding 7-1 advantage.  

After CSU pushed its edge to 8-1, UND got one more after back-to-back singles by Campbell and Trygstad followed by a wild pitch in the eighth. The Cougars tacked on a pair in the bottom of that inning to aid in its first conference win of the season.

UND had 10 hits in the contest with two apiece from Follis, Trygstad and Daniel Lockhert.

The teams continue the series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. finale.
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