UND heads to rival NDSU Tuesday
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Newman Outdoor Field (Fargo, N.D.)
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North Dakota travels to Fargo, N.D. to battle arch-rival North Dakota State on the front end of a home and home with the Bison. NDSU makes the return trip to Grand Forks next week (Wednesday, May 7). UND has 12 regular season games left on the docket, nine in WAC play and two non-conference tilts (NDSU-2, SDSU).
UND heads south to Texas-Pan American for a three-game WAC series beginning Friday. Two of UND’s final three WAC series are road trips: at home vs. Grand Canyon (May 9-11) and season-ending series at Sacramento State (May 15-17).
Entering Tuesday’s game with North Dakota, the Bison are 15-18 overall and 6-8 in Summit League competition after taking three of four games at Omaha last weekend. Offensively, Tim Colwell is batting a team-and league-high .388, going 50-of-129 at the plate, with seven doubles, four triples one homer and 13 RBI. Tuesday’s scheduled starter, Zach Mayo, is 0-0 overall with a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings. Mayo has allowed four hits and three earned runs while walking five and striking out eight. As a team, NDSU is hitting .258, good for fifth in The Summit League. The Bison are third in the league in pitching with a team ERA of 4.82.
GOING DEEP AND GRABBING A “W”
As of Wednesday morning, just eight NCAA Division I players have hit a homerun and won that same game on the mound. UND junior Jeff Campbell turned the trick in a March 16th 10-4 win at Utah Valley.
TAY PETE’S FEATS
Senior Taylor Petersen had a memorable game in the series opener with Seattle on Friday, April 25. Not only did the veteran backstop collect three extra-base hits, he included a walk-off opposite-field homer in the mix, driving in three as UND won, 6-5.
Patrick Riewer will be making his first start of the season on the mound in the rivalry game with North Dakota State. He has made three appearances on the hill this season, all in relief, with a 3.00 ERA and a pair of strikeouts.
Junior Alex Twenge made his first start since Mar. 7 on Apr. 25, going 3.2 innings and allowing four runs in a no-decision. Twenge led North Dakota starters last season with a 6-1 record and a 2.52 earned run average.
Four different UND players have put together reached base streaks of 12 or more this season. Ryan Reese recently had his season-high 19-game streak snapped. Daniel Lockhert owns the second-longest at 14 while Taylor Petersen (13) and Jeff Campbell (12) also joined the mix. The longest current streak is Patrick Riewer’s nine straight games reaching base.
Freshman Zach Muckenhirn turned in the longest outing by a UND starter in two seasons in his April 19 win at Chicago State. The lefty fired a no-hitter through four and had a one-hitter into the ninth inning. After giving up a run in that ninth, the game went extras and he got an out in the 10th to go 9.1 IP, longest since Trent Egan threw 9.2 IP against Minot State in 2012.
North Dakota moved its home-opening series with Northern Colorado to Bismarck, N.D. and the all-turf field at Shiloh Christian. UND swept all three games from the Bears and improved to 6-3 in the Western Athletic Conference with the wins.
HOW SWEEP IT IS
UND’s three-game sweep of UNC marked a first for North Dakota in its Division I era. Since the transition to D1, UND had never before swept a conference series in four years in the Great West and this first year in the WAC. North Dakota also won its fourth straight conference game, a first in the D1 era.
REESE NABS FIRST WAC HONOR
Junior Ryan Reese hit .500 (6-of-12) with a pair of doubles and five RBI in a series win at Utah Valley Mar. 14-16 to net him Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. He had a hit in all three games and extended his streak of reaching base to eight straight. He becomes the first North Dakota player to earn this award.
North Dakota has scored 10 runs three times this season. UND is 2-1 in those games with the only loss a slim 11-10 setback at Bakersfield.
GETTING TRYGGY WITH IT
Senior Zack Trygstad has 10 career triples to his credit, putting him into second place all-time at North Dakota. He is just one shy of the career mark held by Josh Ray (11).
Freshman Zach Muckenhirn had a college debut to remember, twirling 6.2 innings without allowing an earned run in a no-decision against Central Arkansas on Mar. 1. He left with a 3-1 lead in the seventh, settling in after two base hits to start the game, squandering just four total hits for the game.
ALL-GREAT WEST PERFORMERS LAST SEASON
Four UND athletes took home All-Great West Conference honors at last season’ pre-tournament banquet. Headlining the group was first team catcher Taylor Petersen who was part of a first team that had 10 new honorees from a season ago. Three UND players were second team members led by SP Andrew Thome, who was the only repeat all-conference member on the second team. He was joined by SP Alex Twenge and 3B Ryan Reese.
North Dakota got a nice lift from sophomore Alex Twenge last season, who settled into his role in the starting rotation. After filling in behind the plate as a freshman and out of the bullpen, Twenge inked his name into the rotation with a 6-1 mark (4-0 in conference) and a 2.52 earned run average in 2013. UND won eight of the 11 games he started. His six wins tied him for seventh in UND’s single-season record books.
OFF TO THE WAC
North Dakota joins fellow former-Great West Conference members Chicago State, Northern Colorado, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley as additions to the WAC this season.
UND already has a relationship with the WAC as the women’s and men’s swimming teams are affiliate members in the league. The addition will give the WAC a total of 10 teams for baseball as North Dakota will join CSU Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Seattle U, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley in 2014.