Old Westbury, N.Y. — The Fighting Sioux baseball team snapped its 12-game losing streak by taking the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader at NYIT, 7-6, before falling to the Bears in the nightcap at President’s Field, 3-1.
“We got off on the right foot today, getting a win. It was an emotional victory, just to get us back in the win column,” UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. “We overcame some mistakes in the field with some big hits and Jake (Swift) pitched really well for us.
“In game two, Sam (Anderson) pitched great as well, but our bats could not back him up. We just could not get anything going, but it was good to see the pitchers perform like that.”
UND 7, NYIT 6 – Game One
Junior Jake Swift (Phoenix, Ariz.) picked up his first Division I victory for UND (2-20, 1-5 GWC) after allowing only two earned runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work in the opener.
The JUCO-transfer surrendered five runs, but three of those were unearned and came during a third-inning rally that saw NYIT (8-19, 4-3 GWC) score four times and build its lead to 5-2.
The Sioux would muster their own four-run frame, however, and that came during the sixth when senior Josh Ray (Yucaipa, Calif.) homered to lead off the frame, junior Seth Means (Gillette, Wyo.) added a RBI-single and senior Andy Sadler (Grand Forks, N.D.) capped the scoring with a two-run double.
Ray’s second home run of the season extended his hitting streak to seven games and Sadler’s double was his second of the game.
UND catcher Zack Trygstad (Wayzata, Minn.) had his fifth straight multiple-hit game in league play with a 2-for-4 effort and his RBI-single in the seventh proved to be the game-winner.
NYIT first baseman Effrey Valdez went 4-for-4 and homered twice for the home team, but UND’s 10-hit attack overcame his efforts as the Sioux won their first Great West Conference game of the season.
Senior Derek Biermaier (Roseau, Minn.) got the final three outs to record the first save of his career. The Bears threatened, scoring once in the seventh and putting runners on first and third, but the Sioux righthander was able to back-to-back hitters to fly out to end the contest.
NYIT 3, UND 1 – Game Two
The Bears got a solo home run from Ali Rodriguez to lead off the bottom of the first and righthander Tom Cardona held the Sioux scoreless through six innings to lead the Bears to a split.
Cardona allowed only three hits and struck out six to notch his second win of the season, while reliever J.C. Costa pitched the seventh to register his second save.
UND had a couple of chances to score on Cardona, but the righthander was able to work out of each of those jams. The first chance came in the second when senior Craig Dolmage (Grants Pass, Ore.) singled and made it to third base after a steal and a passed ball, but Cardona was able to get Seth Means (Gillette, Wyo.) to ground out to end the inning.
NYIT pushed its lead to 2-0 in the fourth thanks to a RBI-single by Steve McNamara.
Means doubled in the fifth, but his blast to left-center came with two outs and Cardona would get another ground out to leave the JUCO-transfer stranded in scoring position.
The Sioux put multiple base runners on for the first time in the sixth when Sadler singled and shortstop Ryan Gerber (Tucson, Ariz.) walked, but those two were left stranded after Cardona got sophomore Kris Kwak (Maple Grove, Minn.) to fly out to center, then struck out Ray for his sixth punchout of the game.
UND starter Sam Anderson (Bemidji, Minn.) posted his best outing of the season, allowing only three earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Bears added an insurance run in the sixth when Valdez scored on a RBI-single by pinch hitter Eric Cos. Valdez continued his perfect day in the nightcap, going 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and drawing an intentional walk.
The Sioux finally cracked the scoreboard in the seventh when Means drove in Trygstad, who had doubled with one out off reliever J.C. Costa, but that would be the only tally the Bears’ reliever would allow.
The teams will conclude their four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. CT.
– Go Sioux –