Senior David Spies allowed only one hits in 2.2 innings of relief to pick up the save in game on Senior Day as he and eight other teammates were honored with a brief ceremony in between games of Friday's doubleheader.
Sioux split doubleheader, series with UTPA
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Updated: Sunday 08/10/2011 15:42:06 (ET)
by Ryan Powell, UND Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Fighting Sioux baseball team split a doubleheader with Texas-Pan American for the second straight day at Kraft Field as both teams closed out their final Great West regular season series taking two games a piece. UND (10-33, 7-17 GWC) won the first game, 7-3, on what turned out to be Senior Day for nine Sioux players, but fell short, 7-4, in the nightcap despite outhitting the Broncs (21-29, 10-18 GWC), 12-11.

With rain showers forecasted throughout the weekend, the teams opted to play a doubleheader on Friday to get the series in before the inclement weather arrived in the area, pushing up the Senior Day festivities a day. Steady rain began to fall late in the second game, but did not force a delay.

"I thought we played really well in both games today," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "Our seniors were ready to go and our club was ready to try to get them a pair of wins today, we just fell a little short. I thought Zach pitched really well for us because he threw strikes and pounded the zone.

"Offensively, we got on them early and had some timely hits, but we could not string anything together in game two. We had six hits through the first four innings, but nothing to show for it."

Game One - UND 7, UTPA 3
Freshman Zach Ransom (Madison, Wis.) turned in his best start of the season in the opener as he went a season-long 6.1 innings, allowing only three earned runs on nine hits to pick up his first victory in league play.

Ransom gave way to senior David Spies (Grand Forks, N.D.) with one out in the seventh and the lefthander surrendered only one hit in 2.2 innings of work to pick up his first save of the season.

The Sioux offense staked Ransom to a 3-0 lead in the first - it was just the second time this season UND had scored three times in the first frame. Senior Josh Ray (Yucaipa, Calif.), who had three hits in game one, had a RBI-single and sophomore Kris Kwak (Maple Grove, Minn.) drove in two runs with a double to provide the scoring.

Shortstop Ryan Gerber (Tucson, Ariz.), who also had three hits in the opener, delivered a RBI-single in the second to make it a 4-0 contest. Ransom held the Broncs off the scoreboard until the visitors plated two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to pull within one.

UTPA threatened for more in the seventh, but Ray threw out Stuart McInness at the plate trying to score on a single by Adrian De La Rosa.

Junior Kyle Bolander (Hermantown, Minn.) provided two big-insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh with a sharp single to leftfield, putting UND back ahead by three runs. Gerber added his second RBI-single of the game in the eighth to pad the lead even further and close out the scoring.

Game Two -UTPA 7, UND 4
The Sioux missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities early in game two, getting multiple hits in the first, second and fourth innings, but having nothing to show for it.

UTPA took advantage of its early chances, plating two runs in the second off UND starter Derek Biermaier (Roseau, Minn.) and adding to that advantage with two more in the fifth.

UND would finally put a run on the board as Kwak hit his third double of the day in the sixth to plate Ray. That set the stage for freshman Zack Trygstad (Wayzata, Minn.), who belted his first collegiate home run deep over the rightfield wall to pull the Sioux to within a run at 4-3.

The Broncs would respond with two runs in the top of the seventh to push their lead back to three. Senior Jake Magner (Grand Rapids, Minn.) would send his sixth home run of the season out of the rightfield fence in the bottom of the seventh, but that would be as close as UND would get in the nightcap.

UTPA added one more run in the eighth and Leo Chang was able to retire the side in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season. Zach Zouzalik picked up his team-leading fourth win of the season for the Broncs, while Biermaier took the loss after going 6.1 innings in just his fourth start of the campaign.

UND will be back in action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for opening round action of the Great West Baseball Tournament at Kraft Field. The Sioux will find out their seed along with the other first-round matchups with the conclusion of GWC regular season play on Saturday.

- Go Sioux -

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