PATCHOGUE, N.Y.- UND poured on the the runs in the second game of a Great West Conference doubleheader Saturday, winning 16-1 over host NYIT after dropping a close 2-1 contest earlier.
"The guys loosened up in the second game today, taking the pressure off the first game," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "Tyler Ruemmele threw a great game but an errant pick-off throw helped them get an unearned run before the walkoff in the extra inning. In the second game, Alex Twenge threw another nice game and had some nice offensive performances behind him."
UND (13-16-1, 4-7 GWC) got the early edge in the first game as leadoff batter Kris Kwak drew a walk and later scored on an RBI knock by Taylor Petersen, part of his six RBI on the day. But, it would be the only offense North Dakota could muster in the opener and NYIT took advantage in the late innings.
After NYIT (6-36, 4-11) scored the equalizer in the fourth inning on an unearned run, the first batter of the eighth inning homered to give NYIT a 2-1 win and spoil a good outing by Ruemmele. The sophomore had allowed just four hits to that point without an earned run, striking out six with just one walk but fell to 1-4 on the season with the loss.
Ryan Reese had three hits while Patrick Riewer added a pair in the first game.
In game two, UND again collected an early lead, grabbing an unearned run in the second inning. After NYIT tied it in the third, North Dakota put the game away in the next three innings, scoring multiple runs in each of those frames to jump out to a 9-1 cushion.
Run-scoring doubles off the bat of Jeff Campbell and Kwak along with an RBI single by Reese and a bases-loaded walk by Petersen produced the runs. That lead held up allowing Twenge to cruise along.
The sophomore threw seven innings allowing just six hits with eight Ks and one run before giving way to the bullpen. From there, Reid Jungling (1.1 IP) and Brock Johnson (0.2 IP) took it the rest of the way without allowing a hit.
Plenty of insurance capped off the game in the ninth inning with UND getting seven runs on just three hits. The big blow was a Petersen grand slam after a walk, two hits, three hit-by-pitches and a fielder's choice set the stage.
Every UND starter scored a run in the second game with eight players notching hits. Petersen finished 2-for-5 with 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. Patrick Vandoorne was 3-for-5 with a run. Reese added two more hits in the nightcap.
The teams wrap the series tomorrow with a single game beginning at 11:00 a.m.