Alex Twenge fired a complete-game nine-inning gem, scattering seven hits on just one run to help North Dakota to a doubleheader split at Houston Baptist Saturday in Great West Conference play. The host Huskies grabbed a 2-1 walk-off win in the opener before Twenge lifted UND to a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.HOUSTON, Texas--
"Amazing pitching performances by Tyler Ruemmele and Alex Twenge today," UND Head Baseball Coach Jeff Dodson said. "Ryan Reese and Taylor Petersen each drove in a run in the eighth inning to give us a cushion. A huge win in game two after losing on a walk-off in the first game."
North Dakota (10-11-1, 1-2 GWC) took the early lead in the opener, but couldn't scratch across another run to set-up the late game drama for the home team. Kris Kwak walked to start the game and later came around to score on Petersen's sacrifice fly. That advantage would hold up until the fifth inning when a lead-off single eventually came around to score.
With the score 1-1 heading into the final half-inning, Ruemmele issued a one-out walk and an intentional pass before the nine-hole batter singled in the winning run to spoil a good outing for Ruemmele. He threw 6.2 innings allowing just six hits with two runs, two strikeouts and just the two seventh-inning walks.
North Dakota had five hits in the first game, two coming off the bat of senior Riley Beck.
In game two, Twenge was locked in a pitching duel, each firing zeroes until the sixth inning. In the top of that frame, UND got an unearned run on a leadoff walk by Patrick Vandoorne who later came across on a fielding error for a 1-0 UND lead.
Twenge made sure to have it hold up, facing just three batters in the bottom of that inning, but HBU (12-14-1, 2-1 GWC) got the equalizer in the seventh. UND pounced right back in the top of the next inning, scoring a pair to take a 3-1 cushion and later etch the split. In that eighth, a one-out knock from Kwak got things rolling, then RBI singles by Reese and Petersen provided all the insurance Twenge would need.
Over the final two innings, Twenge settled in nicely, facing the minimum six batters with the only hit being gunned down on an outfield assist by Beck as the final batter of the eighth tried to stretch a single into a double. Twenge finished the game with four strikeouts and needed just 105 pitches to compete the game and garner his team-leading third win of the season (3-1).
The UND offense spread out six hits in game two, all coming from different players.
The teams finish the series Sunday with a single-game set for noon.
Twenge complete game helps UND to Saturday split
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations