Baseball off to SDSU for midweek tilt with Jacks
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Tuesday, April 15- 3:00 p.m.
North Dakota plays a non-conference tilt at South Dakota State Tuesday before returning to Western Athletic Conference play Friday to start a three-game series at Chicago State. UND has been off since April 6 after having all four games of its home series against New Mexico State wiped out due to weather and field conditions.
North Dakota’s new “home opener” now comes April 25 when it hosts Seattle for three games. That series will start a stretch that will see UND play eight of 12 at home including a WAC series with Grand Canyon and non-league tilts with North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
Senior Patrick Riewer has been swinging a hot bat and that led to his first homer in a North Dakota uniform April 6 at TD Ameritrade Park. Over his last six games, Riewer is 6-for-13 with 3 BB and 3 HBP for a .632 on-base percentage. He has bumped his season batting average 142 points during this stretch (.242).
DO YOU SMELL WHAT THE BROCK IS COOKING?
Junior Brock Johnson has had eight outings this season and has not allowed a run in seven of those. He’s given up one hit or fewer in seven of those outings and has had five hitless outings. For the season, Johnson has thrown 8.1 IP with 2 ER for a 2.16 ERA.
GOING DEEP AND GRABBING A “W”
As of Monday morning, just seven 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.
GOOD TO SEE A.T.
Junior Alex Twenge returned to the mound for the first time April 6 at Creighton, throwing an inning in relief. It was his first outing in nearly a month and just his third appearance all season. Twenge led North Dakota starters last season with a 6-1 record and a 2.52 earned run average.
Junior Ryan Reese has reached base in 18 straight contests, dating all the way back to the second date of the season. He leads the team with eight multi-hit games, including a four-hit performance on April 6 in the finale at Creighton. His .353 batting average is fourth in the WAC heading into the week.
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.
J.C. FOR THREE
Jeff Campbell, with his 8.1 IP performance Mar. 30, won his third straight start and now leads the club with a 3-2 record. Over those three starts, Campbell threw 26.1 innings, allowing just eight earned runs (2.73 ERA) with 14 strikeouts against three walks. At the plate in those three games, Campbell was 4-for-10 with 5 RBI and a HR.
CAMPBELL’S FOUR DINGERS RANK THIRD
Campbell has whacked four homers this season and despite playing in just 21 games is third in 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.
INTO THE MUCK
Freshman Zach Muckenhirn leads the WAC in Ks/9 inn. with 33 strikeouts in his 33.1 IP (8.91 K/9). That average is nearly a full punchout better than the rest of the league.
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.