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Taylor Petersen and UND are headed to Bismarck for three games against Northern Colorado this weekend.
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Updated: Monday 03/27/2014 19:42:44 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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Friday-Sunday, Mar. 27-29
Northern Colorado (5-19, 0-3 WAC) at North Dakota (3-12, 3-3 WAC)
Shiloh Christian School, Bismarck, N.D.
Live stats (link available near game time)

North Dakota opens its “home” schedule this week with a three-game series against Northern Colorado. Due to field conditions unplayable at Kraft Memorial Field, the entire weekend has been shifted to the brand new Shiloh Christian School all-turf facility in Bismarck, N.D.

Shiloh’s new facility is still under construction but the field looks impressive. Friday’s opener will be the first-ever college game at the complex. The complex also features an all-turf football field adjacent.

Tuesday, April 2nd’s game against Minnesota Crookston has been postponed with no makeup date yet announced. UND will play at TDS Ameritrade (the home of the College World Series in Omaha) on April 4-6 before a scheduled return home with four against New Mexico State April 11-13.

As of Thursday morning, just five 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 16 10-4 win at Utah Valley.

Win/Homer in Same Game 2014
Louie Lechich         San Diego               Feb. 16, vs. New Mexico
A.J. Reed               Kentucky                Feb. 21, vs. St. Joseph’s (2HR)
Aaron Brown (2x)    Pepperdine              March 1, vs. Hawaii
                                                           March 23, vs. Santa Clara (2HR)
Brad Burcroff          Northeastern            March 5, vs. Presbyterian
Jeff Campbell          North Dakota           March 16, at Utah Valley    

Campbell has whacked four homers this season and despite playing in just 16 games, leads the Western Athletic Conference in that category. Campbell had three HR in a two-game span when he left the yard on March 16 at Utah Valley then homered twice on March 19 at UNLV.

Senior Taylor Petersen leads the WAC in doubles with eight so far this season. Most league schools have played nearly double as many games as UND with all but three WAC schools playing at least 22 games in the early going.

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.

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 Ks (22).

North Dakota has scored 10 runs in three of its last six games. UND is 2-1 in those games with the only loss a slim 11-10 setback at Bakersfield.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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