NDSU, ORU Earn #SummitBSB Tournament Victories

Photos by Bill Powell
Photos by Bill Powell

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The Basics
Score: (2) North Dakota State 11, (4) Western Illinois 4
Records: North Dakota State (30-24); Western Illinois (18-32)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – No. 2 North Dakota State survived an elimination game with an 11-4 win over No. 4 Western Illinois Thursday at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

The Bison jumped on Western Illinois early with eight runs in the first three innings, six of those coming off starter Ian Koch.

After going up 1-0 after the first inning, NDSU used a pair of WIU errors and four hits to score five runs. Four runs came in on a pair of singles by Bennett Hostetler and JT Core.

Following a Leatherneck run in the bottom of the second inning, the Bison had a pair of runs cross the plate in the top of the third on three singles increasing its lead to 8-1.

Western Illinois got a run in the bottom half of the inning and added one more in both the seventh and eighth innings. Conner Currier belted his first career Leatherneck home run in the seventh, while WIU made it an 8-4 game on two hits in the eighth.

NDSU score three more insurance runs in the top of the ninth on four consecutive hits.

Reed Pfannenstein (7-4) notched the win over the Bison, while Ian Koch (5-5) suffered the loss for the Leathernecks.

Turning Point
A five-run second inning proved to be the difference in the game as North Dakota State jumped out to an early 6-0 lead it would not relinquish.

Inside The Box Score

  • North Dakota State's Bennett Hostetler led all players with four hits and four RBI.
  • Western Illinois' Conner Currier had three hits and a pair of RBI to lead the Leathernecks.
  • Western Illinois committed five errors that accounted for four unearned North Dakota State runs.
  • The middle innings (4, 5, 6) were the only ones without at least one run scored.
  • Attendance was 312.

News & Notes

  • Of North Dakota State's 13 hits, 12 were singles. Bennett Hostetler had the lone double for the Bison in the three-run ninth inning.
  • Western Illinois' Conner Currier belted the sixth home run in the three tournament games.
  • North Dakota State picked up its first tournament win since capturing the title in 2014.
  • NDSU starter had 133 pitches in eight innings pitched.

The Basics
Score: (1) Oral Roberts 5, (3) South Dakota State 3
Records: Oral Roberts (41-14); South Dakota State (26-23)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – For the second consecutive game, top-seeded Oral Roberts scored five runs en route to a 5-3 win over No. 3 South Dakota State Thursday in The Summit League Baseball Championship at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Oral Roberts, the designated away team, scored two runs in the top of the first on a pair of singles by All-Summit League First Team selections Noah Cummings and Brent Williams.

South Dakota State answered right back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second inning. Following a lead-off walk by Matt Johnson, Newt Johnson hit a two-run homer, the sixth of the tournament, over the left field wall to tie the game, 2-2.

The Golden Eagles re-took the lead at 4-2 on a pair of RBI infield grounders in the fifth and sixth innings. The Jackrabbits pulled to within one run in the eighth as Skyler Wenninger scored from third on a double play grounder.

Brett Williams added an insurance run for ORU on its third infield ground out of the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Golden Eagle starter Josh McMinn (9-3) was credited with the win, while Derek Feige (5-3) took the loss for the Jackrabbits.

Turning Point
With the game tied 2-2, Oral Roberts added one run in both the fifth and sixth innings on infield grounders, which put the Golden Eagles up 4-2.

Inside The Box Score

  • Of the 11 total hits in the game, 10 were singles. The other hit was a home run by South Dakota State's Newt Johnson.
  • Oral Roberts' Matt Whatley drew three walks, giving him four in the tournament.
  • Oral Roberts' Trevor McCutchin led all players with three hits, while four different South Dakota State players recorded a hit.
  • Oral Roberts drew eight walks as a team.
  • Attendance was 839.

News & Notes

  • Oral Roberts advances to the championship game for the 17th time in program history.
  • ORU closer Kyler Stout recorded his second tournament save and 11th on the year, a league-high.
  • South Dakota State will play in the second elimination game for the fifth consecutive season. The Jackrabbits won the first and have lost the previous three.
  • Due to impending storms in the forecast late Saturday afternoon, the championship game has been moved up one hour to a Noon start.

Up Next
No. 3 South Dakota State will face No. 2 North Dakota State in an elimination game Friday at 6 p.m. Oral Roberts moves into the championship game Saturday at Noon and awaits the winner of Friday's NDSU vs. SDSU contest.

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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