The Dakota State Trojans baseball team earned their first doubleheader sweep of the season yesterday, after a 12-3 win followed by a 16-9 win over Central Christian.
In game one of yesterday’s doubleheader, the Trojans grabbed the first lead of the game after scoring two runs in the second inning. They extended their lead in the top of the third inning with four more runs to get out to a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers ended their scoring drought in the bottom of the fourth inning, with two runs of their own.
Ryan McDaniel then hit a two-run homer to extend the Trojans lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Then with the score at 9-3 in the top of the seventh, McDaniel hit another home run, scoring three to give the Trojans the 12-3 win.
Dakota State outhit Central Christian 13-5 in the game. Both teams left eight runners on base.
McDaniel finished the game by going 3-of-5 at the plate with two home runs and a single. He tallied five RBIs. Jace Pirbyl added a home run, single and two RBIs. Chase DeWitt and Hakeem Yatim each had a hit and two RBIs, and a single and drove in two runs.
Walker Hultgren collected two doubles, two walks, and an RBI for the Trojans.
Joseph Gusman led the Tigers with a single and an RBI.
Luke Guest (W, 1-1) earned the victory on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He worked for 3 2/ 3innings and allowed two runs on one hit. He registered eight strikeouts. Aiden Rocha tossed 1 2/3 innings in relief, giving up an unearned run on three hits. He recorded four strikeouts. Aiden Urbom pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and yielded the Tigers to one hit.
Levi Atherton (L, 0-4) took the setback after allowing two runs on one hit. The Tigers used three different pitchers in relief (Armando Aguilar, Daniel Scott, and Nick Clayson) with a combined 10 runs on 12 hits.
In the second game of the doubleheader, DSU poured in five runs in the opening inning, which included a Dawson Porter three-run home run.
After a scoreless second inning, the Trojans scored at least one run in each inning besides the seventh. DSU had another five run inning in the fifth, which put the game out of reach at 15-3.
Central Christian had six more runs to close the game, but was not enough to beat DSU, as the Trojans grabbed the 16-9 win.
Five Dakota State players had a multi-hit game, led by Jeremy Green with three hits and drove in two runn. Hultgren added a home run, single and collected three RBIs.
Chris Burke and McDaniel each had two hits and an RBI for the Trojans. Portner had a home run and drove in three runs. Pribyl and DeWitt each had a hit and two RBIs. Yatim had two hits. Seth Altwine had a double. Portner and Green each swiped one base.
Gusman had a home run and three RBIs for Central Christian.
Mitsuki Shimonishi started the game on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He worked for 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on three hits. Nicholai Arbach (W, 1-1) earned the victory after tossing two innings in relief. He gave up three runs (two unearned) and did not allow a hit. Alex Swack, Isaac Toledo and Cole Drumheller each pitched in relief.
Tristan Castner (L, 0-4) took the defeat after tossing three innings for Central Christian. He allowed seven runs (one unearned) on nine hits. Reese Lyons, Dominic Terrones, Marshall Owens, Elliot Castorena, and Hunter Bennett each worked in relief.
Dakota State improved to 5-7 overall record. Central Christian, meanwhile, fell to 3-15 overall record. The Trojans went 3-1 over their four games against the Tigers.
The Trojans continue their busy non-conference schedule as they travel to Baldwin City, Kansas on Friday and Saturday for another four-game series. The doubleheader on each day is set for 12pm.