ORU, SDSU Advance in #SummitBSB Championship

Photo by Bill Powell
Photo by Bill Powell

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The Basics
Score: (3) South Dakota State 6, (2) North Dakota State 5
Records: North Dakota State (29-24); South Dakota State (26-22)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. -- South Dakota State pulled out a 6-5 win over North Dakota State in a back-and-forth battle in the first game of The Summit League Tournament Wednesday at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

Trailing 5-4 entering the top of the seventh inning, Tony Kjolsing hit the eventual game-winning two-run homer over the left field wall. Nick Smith scored after leading-off the inning with a single to center field.

North Dakota State took the early lead with a pair of doubles from Mason Pierzchalski and Ben Petersen in the first. South Dakota State regained the lead at 3-2 on three doubles in the top of the second.

The Jackrabbits went up 4-2 on a Matt Johnson home run in the top of the fifth inning, along to have the Bison tie it up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run homer by Ben Petersen. Mason Pierzchalski gave NDSU its 5-4 lead on a RBI double in the sixth inning.

South Dakota State's Chris Halbur closed out the game to notch his league-leading 10th save of the season.

Turning Point
A Tony Kjolsing home run in the seventh inning propelled South Dakota State to a 6-5 win over North Dakota State. Trailing 5-4 entering the inning, Kjolsing managed to squeak it just over the left field wall to score Nick Smith, who led-off the inning with a single.

Inside The Box Score

  • South Dakota State allowed more walks (6) than it had strikeouts (5).
  • SDSU's Chris Halbur notched his league-leading 10th save of the season.
  • North Dakota State's Mason Pierzchalski had a four-hit day, the first of his career.
  • Of the 17 hits in the game, nine went for extra bases (six doubles, three homers).
  • Only four of the nine innings did not have a run scored.
  • Attendance was 328.

News & Notes

  • The seven strikeouts gave North Dakota State's Luke Lind 92 on the year to tie a program record.
  • NDSU's Mason Pierzchalski recorded his first career four-hit game with two singles and two doubles.
  • The No. 3 seed has won its first game in the league tournament four of the last six years.

The Basics
Score: (1) Oral Roberts 5, (4) Western Illinois 2
Records: Oral Roberts (40-14); Western Illinois (18-31)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – Top-seeded Oral Roberts scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure a 5-2 victory over No. 4 Western Illinois in the opening game of The Summit League Tournament for both teams.

With the game tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, Sam Grellner tripled off the left centerfield wall with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Nick Roark. The run gave the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish.

A two-run home run by Summit League Player of the Year Noah Cummings added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Oral Roberts took an early 2-0 lead on a single, double and home run in the bottom of the third inning. Western Illinois answered with a run each in the fifth and sixth innings on four total singles.

Justin McGregor earned the win and improved to 9-0 on the year, while Kyler Stout earned his league-leading 10th save of the season. Preston Church (3-5) went the distance for Western Illinois and suffered the loss.

Turning Point
A sacrifice fly by Nick Roark in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie in what proved to be the game-winning run. Roark plated Sam Grellner, who tripled off the left centerfield wall with one out.

Inside The Box Score

  • A trio of players (Noah Cummings, Dylan Snypes, Sam Grellner) led the way for the Golden Eagles with two hits apiece, while six different players recorded a hit for the Fighting Leathernecks.
  • Game time was 2:07.
  • Oral Roberts' Matt Whatley reached base on three-of-four plate appearances.
  • Attendance was 817.

News & Notes

  • The No. 1 seed has now won its opening round game the last three years.
  • Oral Roberts closer Kyler Stout notched his 10th save of the season, tying him for the league-lead with South Dakota State's Chris Halbur.
  • There have been a total of five home runs hit in the first two games of the tournament.
  • Oral Roberts reached the 40-win mark for the 21st time in school history.

Up Next
Top-seeded Oral Roberts moves on to the winner's bracket to face No. 3 South Dakota State tomorrow at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, No. 4 Western Illinois battles No. 2 North Dakota State in an elimination game at Noon.

Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.


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