Jacks sweep twinbill from Oakland
Daniel Telford's single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave South Dakota State a 7-6 victory over Oakland and a sweep of a Summit League baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Erv Huether Field.
The Jackrabbits matched a season high with 20 hits en route to a 16-6 victory in the opener to improve to 26-12 overall and remain atop The Summit League with a 12-3 mark in league play. SDSU has won 23 of its last 26 games.
Oakland dropped to 11-23 overall, 5-10 in the league.
Oakland trailed 6-1 in the nitecap before sending the game to extra innings by scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and tying the game with three in the top of the seventh against SDSU closer Trever Vermeulen. Ryan Waldhart, who was 4-for-5 in the game, brought the Golden Grizzlies to within 6-5 with a two-run, two-out single. Dan Gliot then tied the game with an opposite-field single that plated Aaron Cieslak.
SDSU's game-winning rally started with back-to-back singles by Andrew Phelan and Jesse Sawyer against Brady Adamek, who had held the Jackrabbits in check since entering the game in the fifth inning. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball and Zach Briggs was later walked to load the bases. A pinch hitter, Telford then drove a pitch through the drawn-in infield to score the winning run.
Freshman Aaron Machbitz drove in the first two runs of the game for the Jackrabbits with a double to the right-center field gap in the second inning. Beau Hanowski added an RBI double two batters later and Billy Stitz followed with a run-scoring single to put SDSU up 4-0. After Oakland scored a run in the top of the third, Eric Cain led off the third inning with a home run to make the score 5-1.
Phelan was 3-for-5 to lead SDSU at the plate. Oakland held a 15-14 advantage in hits.
In the opener, the Jackrabbits notched 10 extra-base hits, including three home runs as they won by the 10-run rule in seven innings.
The Jackrabbits led 3-0 before starter Blake Treinen ran into control problems in the fourth inning. The right-hander allowed only one hit in the inning, a two-run single by Waldhart, but allowed Oakland to tie the game by issuing five walks in the frame before being removed.
Blake plated two more runs in the fifth inning with a double and Rhodes added a run-scoring single as SDSU built a 12-3 advantage.
The 10-run rule went into effect as Sawyer and Briggs hit back-to-back home runs to left on consecutive pitches to lead off the bottom of the sixth. SDSU would tack on two more runs in the frame.
Reliever Deon Entringer allowed two Oakland runs in the top of the seventh, but recorded his first win in a Jackrabbit uniform as he pitched the final 3 1/3 innings.
Stitz, Blake, Sawyer and Briggs all had four hits for the Jackrabbits.
The two teams are slated to play the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Game 1: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 16, OAKLAND (Mich.) 6
OU 000 301 2 6-6-1
SDSU 012 544 0 16-20-0
OU: Russell Luxton, Kevin Korkate (4), Nate Lewis (6) and Ryan Waldhart, Jake Morton. SDSU: Blake Treinen, Deon Entringer (4) and Zach Briggs.
W-Entringer (1-0). L-Luxton (2-3). Save-none.
HR: OU-Mike Carson (3); SDSU-Zach Rhodes (5), Jesse Sawyer (9), Zach Briggs (1).
Game 2: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 7, OAKLAND 6
OU 001 011 300 6-15-1
SDSU 041 100 001 7-14-2
OU: Greg Welke, Brady Adamek (5) and Ryan Waldhart. SDSU: Alex Oberle, Trever Vermeulen (6), Erik DeJong (8) and Joel Blake, Zach Briggs.
W-DeJong (3-0). L-Adamek (2-3). Save-none.
HR: SDSU-Eric Cain (1).