Taylor Petersen hit his third extra-base hit of the game, a solo opposite-field homer to rightfield, in the bottom of the ninth to lift UND to a 6-5 win Friday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference play.GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- North Dakota played its first home game of the season at Kraft Memorial Field and treated the home faithful to a walkoff winner. Senior
Petersen's heroics were part of several key performances in North Dakota's fourth official home game of the season (first three played in Bismarck, N.D.). Andrew Thome earned his second win of the season, coming out of the bullpen and pitching the final five innings, scattering three hits with a run and five strikeouts.
Petersen opened the scoring, lacing a double down the left field line to plate the first two North Dakota runs. A batter later, junior Jeff Campbell hammered a two-run homer deep over the wall in left-centerfield to stake UND to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Jacob Threlkeld fouled off multiple pitches before finally being retired to end the inning, an exhausting 40-pitch frame for Redhawk starter Mac Acker.
Seattle got one back in the top of the second and scored another in the third before UND got a sacrifice fly from Threlkeld to mount a 5-2 advantage. Seattle knocked out UND starter Alex Twenge with back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth. After a pair of runs got it within one at 5-4, Brett DeGagne' got out of the frame when a come-backer through the box deflected hard off the sophomore righty to shortstop Luis Calvo who threw to first to end the threat.
Enter Thome. Originally the day one starter in conference games, the junior took a back seat to Twenge's first start since Mar. 7. He took advantage of his opportunity out of the bullpen, pin-pointing his pitches en route to one of his better outings of the season. The only real threats against the right-hander came in the final two innings.
Thome got out of a two-out jam in the eighth with an athletic play on a squibber back through the middle. He lept off the mound to his left and scooped it up to first to keep the Redhawks at bay. In the ninth, he struck out the first two batters looking before a bunt single started things for Seattle.
SU manufacted the run by stealing second and coming around to score on a hit up the middle to tie the score. After a hit by pitch to put runners at the corners, Thome induced a lazy fly to right, setting the stage for the ninth-inning dramatics.
UND rapped-out 11 hits in the win, three from Petersen and two apiece from Daniel Lockhert and Dalton Parrott.
The teams continue the series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game at Kraft Field.
Petersen's heroics highlight home opener
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations