FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State continued its late-inning heroics, sweeping a Summit League baseball doubleheader from South Dakota State Saturday afternoon with a pair of one-run, walk-off victories at Newman Outdoor Field.
The Bison rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the opener, 7-6, then plated a run in the bottom of the eighth in Game 2 for a 3-2 victory. NDSU, which has won all three games of the series in its last at-bat, improved to 28-9 overall and 5-2 in league play. The Jackrabbits dropped to 12-23-1 overall and 2-5 in The Summit League.
With SDSU leading 6-5 in the opener, a bad-hop single by Tim Colwell began the bottom of the ninth for the Bison. Colwell moved to second on a bunt and scored the tying run on a base hit by Zach Wentz, who moved up a base on a throwing error. After an intentional walk to Wes Satzinger, Wentz advanced to third on a wild pitch issued by Jackrabbit reliever Austin Busse. After another intentional walk to Nick Anderson loaded the bases, Wentz scored on a fielding error by SDSU first baseman Aaron Machbitz - the Jackrabbits' third error of the game.
The Jackrabbits scored runs in each of the first two innings on RBI singles by Eric Cain and Daniel Marra, and took a 4-3 lead in the third on a two-run single by Beau Hanowski to knock out NDSU starter Bryant Larson.
The Bison regained the lead on a two-run home run by Kyle Kleinendorst, but SDSU tied the game at 5-all on a sacrifice fly by Zach Briggs and gained a 6-5 lead in the eighth when Andrew Phelan scored on a balk.
SDSU starter Adam Bray struck out four in 5 2/3 innings of work. Busse took the loss.
For NDSU, Kyle Kingsley picked up his second consecutive victory in relief after throwing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Each team finished with 14 hits. Phelan and Phil Paquette were each 3-for-4 for the Jackrabbits, while Wentz was 4-for-5 for NDSU.
Run-scoring singles by Nick Colwell in the third and Michael Leach in the fourth inning knotted the game at 2-all.
The Jackrabbits put a runner at third base with two outs in the top of the eighth, but failed to score.
NDSU's winning rally started with Nick Colwell drawing a one-out walk. He moved to third on a double by Wentz andWes Satzinger was intentionally walked to load the bases. Colwell scored the winning run when Nick Anderson was hit by a pitch.
Luke Anderson earned his seventh victory of the season with a complete-game effort. He scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out six.
Kolton Emery also went the distance for the Jackrabbits, striking out five, walking two and allowing seven hits. Two of the three runs he allowed were earned.
Paquette was again 3-for-4 to lead the Jackrabbits.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Game1: NORTH DAKOTA STATE 7, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 6
SDSU 112 010 010 6-14-3
NDSU 210 200 002 7-14-1
SDSU: Adam Bray, Austin Busse (6) and Zach Briggs. NDSU: Bryant Larson, David Ernst (3), Simon Anderson (6), Kyle Kingsley (8) and Tyler Steen.
W-Kingsley (4-2). L-Busse (2-3). Save-none.
HR: NDSU-Kyle Kleinendorst (3).
Game 2: NORTH DAKOTA STATE 3, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 2
SDSU 020 000 00 2-9-1
NDSU 001 100 01 3-7-1
SDSU: Kolton Emery and Steven Autenrieth. NDSU: Luke Anderson and Tyler Steen.
W-Anderson (7-1). L-Emery (0-2). Save-none.