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LENNOX, S.D. – Mayville State (N.D.) held on to sweep Dakota State (S.D.) Saturday afternoon in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference baseball doubleheader at the Westerman Park.  The Trojans rallied back to tie the game in the final inning of the first game, but the Comets scored twice to earn a 5-3 extra inning victory.  Mayville State held on to win the final game of the four-game series by the score of 3-2.

 

Dakota State lost their fifth straight games and dropped their overall record to 5-18 and 0-4 A.I.I. conference record.  Mayville State, which received votes to the first NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, won their 11th straight game to raise their overall record to 17-1-1 and 4-0 in A.I.I.

 

Game 1 – Mayville State (N.D.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 3 (8 innings) - BOX SCORE

 

Phillip Steer hit a single with one out in the opening inning for the Comets.  He swiped for second base.  He gave the Comets their first run of the game caused by DSU's defensive error to earn a 1-0 lead.

 

Dakota State answered back in the bottom first frame to tie the game.  Kyle Holland hit a single with one out.  Ryan Bourcier recorded a single and advanced Holland to second base with two outs.  Danny Flahie hit an RBI to score Holland as the Trojans tied the game at 1-1.

 

MSU scored twice in the top fourth inning to regain their lead.  Sam Thielen and Bryan Jacklitch each hit back-to-back singles with one out (Thielen advanced to third base when Jacklitch hit a single).  Steer reached on a fielder's choice and scored Thielen as the Comets earned a 2-1 lead.  Christian Berry, pinch hitter for Kurt McCallum, hit an RBI sinle to score Steer to extend MSU's lead to 3-1.

 

The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring opportunities in the bottom sixth inning.  Anyelo Roman and Bourcier started the inning with back-to-back singles.  MSU's defense held on and maintained a 3-1 lead as DSU left two runners on to end the sixth inning.

 

After Mayville State went three-and-out in the top seventh inning, DSU mounted a rally in the bottom half of the inning.  Corey Pasichnyk (pinch hitter for Andy Lee) recorded a walk with one out.  Rays Roman hit a game-tying 2-run home run (his second home run of the season) on a 3-2 count and tied the game at 3-3.  Anyelo Roman reached on a walk with two outs.  He advanced to second base on a stolen base and ran to third base by MSU's defensive error.  The Trojans were unable to score as MSU extended the game into extra innings.

 

The Comets scored twice in the top eighth inning, thanks to Thielen's 2-run home run after Spencer Mallonee reached on base by an error with one out.

 

Dakota State could not score in the bottom eighth frame as they left two runners on first and second bases. 

Rays Roman went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a single and produced two RBIs for the Trojans.  Bourcier added two singles.  Anyelo Roman, Flahie and Kyle Braun each had a single.  Rays Roman and Anyelo Roman each swiped one base.

 

Thielen was 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, a single and recorded two RBIs for the Comets.  Steer added a hit, scored twice and recorded an RBI.  He swiped two bases.  Jacklitch, Berry, Duell Higbe, Zach Mihic and Spencer Kidder each had one hit.

 

Both teams left nine runners on base and eight hits in the game.

 

Drew Sweeter started the game on the pitching mound for DSU.  He tossed six innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on seven hits.  Josh Grissom (0-1) took the loss in relief as he pitched two innings.  He gave up two runs (one unearned) on one hit.

 

John Pistulka worked for the first five innings for the Comets.  He gave up one run on six hits and recorded five strikeouts.  Darin Stanislawski (3-0) picked up the victory as he tossed three innings and allowed two runs on two hits.

 

Game 2 – Mayville State (N.D.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 2 - BOX SCORE

 

The Comets grabbed the first lead of the game in the top of the second inning.  Kidder hit a double with one out, followed by Mallonee's RBI single to score Kidder for MSU 1-0 lead.

 

Nathan Wieneke hit his first collegiate home run to open the bottom third frame as DSU tied the game at 1-1.

 

The Trojans added a run in the bottom fourth to earn their first lead of the game.  Chaz Palmer and Kevin Madera reached on base by a walk with one out.  Braun hit a single, but Palmer was tagged out at the home plate (Madera advanced to second base).  Wieneke hit an RBI single to score Madera to make it 2-1 in favor of Dakota State.

Pistulka hit a 2-run home run with one out in the top fifth frame to give Mayville State a 3-2 lead.

 

Wieneke nearly tied the game in the bottom seventh inning with another solo home run, but was called a foul.  The Trojans were unable to score in the final inning as they left two runners on base, extending MSU's winning streak to 11 games.

 

Wieneke was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Trojans with a home run, a single and produced two RBIs.  Rays Roman, Anyelo Roman, Palmer and Braun each added a hit.  Rays Roman had two stolen bases.  Anyelo Roman and Palmer each swiped one base.  

 

Kidder had two doubles in the game for Mayville State.  Pistulka added a home run and recorded two RBIs.  Jacklitch, Steer, Mihic, Higbe, Dillon Lundin, Thielen and Mallonee each had a hit.

 

The Comets outhit the Trojans 10-6 in the game.

 

Mayville State left 12 runners on base compared to the Trojans' eight runners left on base.

 

Jamie Jorgensen (0-1) took the pitching loss for the Trojans.  He tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits.  Luke Gassman worked one inning in relief, yielding MSU to two hits.  Even Steemken pitched 2/3 innings and gave up one hit.  Seth Spears worked the seventh inning, limiting the Comets to one hit.

 

Stanislawski started the game for the Comets as he worked for two innings.  He gave up two hits.  Scott Petry (2-1) recorded the victory in relief.  He pitched five innings and allowed two runs on four hits.

 

Dakota State looks to end their losing streak Monday afternoon as they visit their in-state rival Mount Marty.  They will play a doubleheader at the Riverside Park in Yankton, S.D., starting at 3 p.m.

 

-Courtesy Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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