Spring break continues with UNLV, Bakersfield
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
North Dakota-- winners of its last two games-- will continue its Spring Break trip with a single non-conference game on Wednesday at UNLV before trekking to Bakersfield for a three-game WAC series beginning Friday.
DOING A BIT OF EVERYTHING
Not sure what else you can expect out of junior Jeff Campbell in his performance in a March 16 win at Utah Valley. He threw a complete game, allowing four runs and also homered and drove in a pair at the plate.
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.
FOUR, FOUR FOR FOLLIS
Junior Tyler Follis had a season-high four hits in Sunday’s win at Utah Valley. He drove in a run in each of his last four at bats in the victory.
Zach Muckenhirn got the first UND win this season, firing eight innings of one-run ball, squandering just four hits and striking out a career-high eight on Saturday. He leads the team in ERA (1.83) and Ks (19).
FIRST IN FIRST WEEKEND OF FIRST YEAR
North Dakota finds itself atop the WAC after week one, tying Grand Canyon with a 2-1 record through the first three games. UND rallied from an 8-5 loss Friday to post a pair of wins in the final two games at Utah Valley.
10 and 16
The numbers looked the same in both UND wins last week as the North Dakota offense posted 10 runs and 16 hits in each of the wins on Saturday and Sunday.
GETTING TRYGGY WITH IT
Senior Zack Trygstad hit his 10th triple of his career last week, moving 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.
MUCKEN-HIRNING HIS WAY INTO THE ROTATION
Muckenhirn has earned his way into the three-man rotation by virtue of his strong start to his rookie season. After a 6.2 IP start in his debut without an earned run, he squandered just three over five innings in his next start.
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.