UTPA wins pitchers' duel 3-1
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
It could have been billed as a pitcher's duel and it certainly lived up to that billing with neither team needing to go to the bullpen. Street came into the game leading the WAC with a spotless 10-0 record and a 1.69 earned run average. He faced UND junior Andrew Thome, who returned to the rotation as North Dakota's No. 1 starter.
"Both guys threw great tonight," UND head coach Jeff Dodson. "Sam Street was really good, there's a reason he's 11-0. Thome threw great tonight, too and it was good to see see him getting back to form. We're still in striking position if we can come out and swing the bats a little tomorrow."
UND (9-21, 8-8 WAC) got on the board first with a two-out rally in the top of the fourth inning. Jeff Campbell drew a four-pitch walk and Ryan Reese followed with a single through the right side. Sam Alt, making his eighth start of the season and first since April 19, doubled down the left field line to plate Campbell and give North Dakota a 1-0 advantage.
UTPA (20-27, 10-9) had the answer in the bottom of that inning, however, with a two-out rally of its own. A walk and a pair of singles scored the Broncs' first run. Both pitchers made that score hold up until the seventh when the Broncs scratched across a run on an RBI groundout back to the mound.
The Broncs added an insurance run in the eighth with an unearned tally as a pair of UND errors helped UTPA grab a two-run advantage. Street finished his ninth game of the season with a one-two-three ninth inning and the Broncs sneaked ahead of North Dakota in the jam-packed league standings.
Alt and Jacob Threlkeld each went 2-for-3 to lead North Dakota. Thome took the loss, throwing eight innings with two earned runs on eight hits and six strikeouts.
The teams continue the series with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch Saturday.