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Senior Taylor Petersen slugged his 15th double of the season to move into UND's single season top 10 list.
First-place Hornets sting UND 6-4 in series opener
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Updated: Wednesday 05/15/2014 19:33:58 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- First-place Sacramento State handed visiting North Dakota a 6-4 loss Thursday to open the regular season's final Western Athletic Conference series. The Hornets got five in the third inning to aid in the victory and putting UND's elimination number for a postseason berth at one with two games to go.

"We played a pretty good ballgame today we just didn't string a lot of our hits together," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "Once again, as we have all season long, we rallied and had the go-ahead run at the plate. That's a first-place team and they were able to score five in that third inning to get them what they needed today."

UND (10-27, 8-14 WAC) struck first, grabbing a pair of runs in the second inning. Daniel Lockhert led off the frame with one of his two hits of the game. Matt Wehrli singled two batters later and Lockhert scored the game's first run on a Luis Calvo run-scoring single. Wehrli would also come around on Jacob Threlkeld's sacrifice fly to give North Dakota the early 2-0 edge.

That score would hold up until that third inning when SAC batted around and put up a five-spot with six hits. The Hornets added a single run in the fifth for insurance, which would prove large.

In the ninth, UND rallied with a pair of runs and had the go-ahead run at the plate. Senior Zack Trygstad hit a pinch-hit homer to leadoff the inning. After a Threlkeld hit, Tyler Follis delivered his third hit of the game for runners at the corners with two down. Taylor Petersen punched his 15th double of the season down the left field line to score Follis and put UND within two at 6-4. Sacramento State was able to get out of the inning and close out the win to help Sam Long to a 7-1 season record.

Campbell (3-6) took the loss for UND, going the distance with six runs on 11 hits and a strikeout without a walk. Lockhert and Calvo each had two hits while Follis recorded three base hits to extend his season-long hitting streak to 14 straight. He has six multi-hit games in that span, going 23-for-60 (.383) in that span.  

The teams will continue the series Friday with first pitch slated for 5:00 p.m. Central. The regular season wraps up Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Notes: Petersen's double vaulted him into the top 10 all-time at UND for two-baggers in a season (15) ... He is currently 8th, tied with six other players ... Current assistant coach Brian DeVillers sits in 6th on that list with 16 doubles in 2003.

 

 

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