Big eighth inning lifts Jacks
South Dakota State put together its biggest inning of the season, scoring all eight of its runs in the eighth inning in an 8-5 non-conference baseball victory over the University of Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon at Erv Huether Field.
The Jackrabbits improved to 13-24-1 overall, while USF dropped to 10-29 on the season.
After stranding 10 runners on base through the first seven innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh, the Jackrabbits sent 13 batters to the plate in the decisive eighth. The first three batters of the inning reached against Cougar reliever Andrew Christensen before backup catcher Nick Andrews greeted new hurler Derek Fischer by lining a triple to the right-center gap to plate all three runners. Daniel Marra followed with a double down the line to score Andrews and Marra came across with the tying run on an infield single by Andrew Phelan.
After Zach Rhodes drew his fourth walk of the game, Phil Paquette punched a single through the left side and Phelan slid in ahead of the tag on a play at the plate to give the Jackrabbits a 6-5 lead. Aided by USF's second error of the inning, the Jackrabbits tacked on two more unearned runs as Aaron Machbitz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Andrew Melton plated the final tally on a groundout.
Freshman J.D. Moore pitched a spotless ninth inning for his third save of the season.
USF took a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat as Anthony Williams hit a leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Jimmy Maxwell. The Cougars added a pair of runs in the third on an RBI single by Noah Coleman, with the other run scoring on defensive interference during a rundown.
Damian Kardas' two-run home run down the left field line in the fifth inning gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead.
SDSU's eighth-inning rally spoiled a strong outing by USF starter Eric Brothers, who pitched seven innings of shutout ball. The right-hander surrendered only four hits and struck out one, and worked around six walks.
Beau Hanowski was 3-for-4 to lead the Jackrabbits' 10-hit attack. Maxwell was 3-for-5 for USF, with Zach Ireland and Keith Cutler each recording two of the Cougars' 12 hits.
The Jackrabbits continue their nine-game homestand Friday by hosting Oral Roberts in the opening game of a four-game Summit League series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Erv Huether Field.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 8, SIOUX FALLS 5
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SDSU 000 000 08X 8-10-2
USF: Eric Brothers, Andrew Christensen (8), Derek Fischer (8), Chris Nichols (8) and Dylan Dwyer. SDSU: Aaron Klatt, Talon Jumper (3), Marcus Heemstra (5), Ty Walker (6), Deon Entringer (8), J.D. Moore (9) and Steven Autenrieth, Nick Andrews (8).
W-Entringer (1-0). L-Fischer (5-3). Save-Moore (3).
HR: USF-Damian Kardas (2).