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Fall series tied after weekend

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/15/2012 13:59:59
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The South Dakota State baseball team's Jackrabbit World Series is even at a game apiece after weekend play.

In Game 1 Saturday, the Rabbits scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull out a 2-1 victory. Andrew Melton, who was 2-for-3, started the game-winning rally with a double.

Eric Danforth led the Rabbits at the plate by going 3-for-4. Freshman Zach Coppola had two hits and scored the Jacks' lone run.

Freshman Andrew Clemen was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Stephen Bougher. Blake Fiedelman and Chad Hodges each followed with a scoreless inning in relief, with Hodges picking up the save.

The Jacks' starter, Layne Somsen struck out six in 4 2/3 innings. Shane Kraemer struck out all three batters he faced, while J.D. Moore took the loss.

The Jacks drew even with 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon, scoring three times in the top of the eighth. Coppola started the rally with a leadoff single and scored on a double by Scott Splett. Jake Ratz followed with a triple to plate Splett and Reid Clary capped the scoring with a run-scoring single.

The Rabbits' lone run of the game came in the second inning as Steven Autenrieth led off with a double and later scored on a base hit by Zach Holt.

Kolton Emery allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings as he started for the Jacks, who used six pitchers in the game. Kraemer was credited with the victory, with Talon Jumper earning the save after pitching a perfect ninth inning.

Adam Bray allowed one run in five innings of work for the Rabbits, striking out four. Nick Young took the loss.

Clary led the Jacks' 11-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate. Coppola, Splett and Jordan Varga each tallied two hits.

Holt and Michael Finocchiaro each tallied two hits for the Rabbits.

The series resumes Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Erv Huether Field.

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