SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Sacramento State officially eliminated North Dakota from postseason play and reduced its magic number to one for a regular season league championship with an 8-2 win Friday in Western Athletic Conference action. UND (10-28, 8-15 WAC) is two games out with just one game remaining in the regular season for one of the six playoff spots in the WAC.
"Their guy threw a great game today, tip the cap to him," said UND head coach Jeff Dodson. "Today's game officially took us out of the tournament, but we have a lot to play for tomorrow to send the seniors out on a good note."
Junior Tyler Follis continued his hot hitting, wasting little time in extending his season-long hitting streak to 15 with a bunt single in the first. He would add two more hits on the day-- three of UND's seven for the game. He now leads North Dakota in hitting with a .333 batting average.
The Hornets scored one in each of the fourth and fifth innings before a four-run sixth helped give them some distance. UND got single runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings on RBI doubles.
In the eighth, Patrick Riewer drew a two-out walk and scored on Follis' double to left for a 6-2 Sacramento State lead. The Hornets answered with two in the bottom of that frame before UND got its final run in the ninth.
Jeff Campbell singled to right to start the inning. After Dalton Parrott recorded a pinch-hit single, he would come around to score on Daniel Lockhert's two-bagger to left center. But, the Hornets would close out the game and inch closer to a regular season title.
Junior Andrew Thome (2-7) got the start on the mound for UND, taking the loss with a line of eight innings, seven earned runs and a pair of strikeouts and a walk.
The regular season wraps up Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Sacramento State.