SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The South Dakota State University baseball team returned to action after a 10-day layoff by sweeping a non-conference doubleheader from Dakota State Wednesday afternoon.
The Jackrabbits won the opener, 14-7, before finishing off the sweep with an 11-7 victory. Both games were seven-inning victories for SDSU, which surpassed its win total from a season ago in improving to 19-12 overall. Dakota State dropped to 9-27 overall.
Dakota State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opener, striking for six runs in the second inning against SDSU starter Shane Kraemer. Ryan Holland opened the scoring with a run-scoring single before Rays Roman connected for a grand slam to left field. Anyelo Roman then made it back-to-back home runs with a solo shot to left center.
SDSU struck back with a six-run third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. Daniel Telford continued his hot hitting by plating the first two runs of the frame with a double. After Trojan pitcher Anyelo Roman left the game due to an apparent injury, four consecutive Jackrabbit hitters notched two-out, run-scoring singles. Scott Splett, Daniel Marra and Reid Clary tallied the first three hits before Andrew Melton knotted the game at 6-all with a single to center field.
Telford the Jackrabbits the lead with a two-run home run to left center in the fourth before Rays Roman hit his second round-tripper of the game in the fifth to pull the Trojans back to within a run at 8-7.
The Jackrabbits again batted around in the sixth inning, breaking open the game with another six-run inning. The first run of the inning scored on after a pair of errors on the same play and Marra followed with his third hit – and second double of the day – to score Paul Jacobson. Melton added a run-scoring single and reserve outfielder Michael Finocchiaro capped the scoring with a two-run single.
SDSU held a 17-9 advantage in hits as Al Robbins and Marra each tallied three. Telford was 2-for-3 as he extended his hitting streak to nine games and raised his batting average for the season to .508 (32-of-63).
Talon Jumper, who pitched a scoreless fourth inning, was credited with the victory in relief.
In the nightcap, the Jackrabbits again spotted Dakota State an early lead. The Trojans’ Ryan Boucier and and Kevin Madera each posted RBI singles before DSU made it 3-0 on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Braun.
SDSU again had the answer as Nick Andrews blasted a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the first and Jordan Varga broke a 3-all tie with a three-run homer to right-center in the third.
Dakota State got a run back in the top of the fourth before the Jackrabbits pushed the lead to 10-4 with four-run home half of the fourth inning. Two Trojan errors opened the door for the big inning, which also Varga credited for his fourth RBI of the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Trojans pulled to within 10-7 with three runs in the fifth against the Jackrabbit bullpen, but SDSU tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.
Aaron Klatt, the third Jackrabbit pitcher on the afternoon, picked up the win in relief after striking out three in an inning and two-thirds.
Cody Sharrow was 4-for-4 to lead the Jackrabbits’ nine-hit effort. Kyle Holland and Danny Flahie each had three of the Trojans’ 13 hits.
SDSU returns to Summit League action this weekend with a four-game series against Oakland. Due to unplayable field conditions in Brookings, the series will be played at Fricke Field in Papillion, Neb. The series opener is set for 3 p.m. Friday, with a doubleheader slated for 3 p.m. Saturday. The series finale is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.
Game 1: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 14, DAKOTA STATE 7
DSU 060 010 0 7-9-3
SDSU 006 206 X 14-17-0
DSU: Anyelo Roman, Drew Sweeter (3), Seth Rockafellow (4), Kevin Madera (6), Jamie Jorgensen (6) and Kyle Holland. SDSU: Shane Kraemer, Talon Jumper (4), Adam Bray (5), Chad Hodges (6), J.D. Moore (7) and Reid Clary, Sam Pack (7).
W-Jumper (3-1). L-Rockafellow (1-2). Save-none.
HR: DSU-Rays Roman 2 (5), Anyelo Roman (8); SDSU-Daniel Telford (5).
Game 2: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 11, DAKOTA STATE 7
DSU 300 130 0 7-13-5
SDSU 204 410 X 11-9-1
DSU: Josh Caven, Seth Rockafellow (3), Luke Gassman (4), Josh Grissom (5), Evan Steemken (6) and Seth Spears. SDSU: Nick Young, Joe Erickson (2), Aaron Klatt (3), Blake Fiedelman (4), Kenton Welbig (6), Andrew Clemen (7) and Steven Autenrieth, Sam Pack (5).
W-Klatt (1-0). L-Caven (1-3). Save-none.
HR: SDSU-Nick Andrews (1), Jordan Varga (1).