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Updated: Monday 04/20/2014 17:39:41 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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CHICAGO-- North Dakota loaded the bases in the ninth inning and had the go-ahead run at the plate but fell to host Chicago State, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series. UND trailed 7-2 and chipped away at the deficit in the final innings.

"We gave ourselves a chance again late," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "We didn't take care of situations early in the game. We're still in a logjam in third place in the league standings and now we get a chance to hit the home stretch run of our season at home beginning with Seattle this coming weekend."

CSU (12-24, 2-10 WAC) scored three runs in the first inning to go on top early. North Dakota (7-18, 7-5) scored a run on a wild pitch in the second and Ryan Reese singled home another in the third to get it back within one before the Cougars added an unearned run in the third.

The score stayed there until CSU again struck for three runs in the seventh frame to eventually chase UND starter Jeff Campbell, who pitched into the seventh inning for the sixth straight start. The junior righty scattered 11 hits-- all singles-- over 6.1 innings with a strikeout and a pair of walks with five earned runs.

With the score 7-2 Cougars, North Dakota led off the eighth with back-to-back singles by Taylor Petersen and Zack Trygstad to start a rally. Campbell delivered a run with a sacrifice fly but the CSU bullpen was able to get out of the jam without further damage.

In the ninth, UND loaded the bases with two down after three walks. Campbell drove in two with a single up the middle to put the tying run at first. Reese flew out to left and CSU earned its first-ever series win over UND (North Dakota owns a 14-6 advantage in the all-time series).

Campbell drove in three to pace the UND offensive attack while Trygstad and Reese each recorded two hits on the afternoon.

North Dakota will finally play its first true home game this weekend when it hosts Seattle for a three-game set beginning Friday. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. from Kraft Memorial Field.



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