Wesmen Win Both Games Of Double Header Against Dakota State

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) hosted Winnipeg (Manitoba) Friday afternoon to kick off the North Star Athletic Association Baseball four-game series at Flynn Field.  The Wesmen held on to a 12-7 game one victory and cruised to a 25-4 game victory to complete the doubleheader sweep over the Trojans.

Dakota State, who was playing their home opener Friday, fell to 1-21 overall record and 1-13 record in North Star conference games.  Winnipeg improved to 4-27 overall record and 2-12 NSAA conference record.

Game 1 – Winnipeg (Manitoba) 12, Dakota State 7 (S.D.) – FINAL
Winnipeg took the first lead of the game in the top second inning of the first game.  The Wesmen scored three runs for a 3-0 lead, highlighted by Mike Sigrist's 2-RBI single.
Dakota State scored once in the bottom half of the second inning.  Connor Nagel and Garrett Mullins hit back-to-back doubles with two outs for Trojans' first run of the game (UW leads 3-1).

The Trojans plated two runs in the bottom fourth inning to tie the game.  Dyshawn Proudlove hit a double while Juan Sermo added a single.  Mullins drilled a 2-RBI double to score Proudlove and Sermo as the Trojans knotted the game at 3-3.

UW scored five times in the top fifth inning to break a 3-3 into an 8-3 lead, where Cody Bartel had an RBI double, Austin Pistawka recorded 2-RBI single and Wyatt Kemball produced an RBI double.

Cole Armstrong and Cole Paquin hit back-to-back doubles in the top eighth inning to extend Winnipeg's lead to 9-3.  The Wesmen added a run caused by DSU's defensive error to make it 10-3.

Pistawka hit an RBI double, while Sigrist added an RBI sacrifice fly to extend UW's lead to 12-3 in the top ninth.

The Trojans mounted a comeback in the bottom ninth inning, but fell short.  With bases loaded situation and one out, Smith Kemper hit a 2-RBI double as DSU trailed at 12-5.  Sermo added a 2-RBI single to trim DSU's deficit down by five runs, but left one runner on base when the game ended.

There were a total of 11 doubles combined from both teams – six by Wesmen and five from the Trojans.

Kemper was 3-of-5 at the plate with a double, two singles and drove in two runs for Dakota State.  Nagel had a double and two singles.  Mullins added two doubles and three RBIs.  Sermo had two singles and two RBIs.  Proudlove recorded a double and a single. Jalen Boyd tallied a hit.  Boyd, Andrew Hesse, Kemper, Proudlove, Sermo, Nagel and Zach Sutera each scored once.

Pistawka had a double, single and registered three RBIs for Winnipeg.  Bartel added two hits and an RBI.  Wyatt Kemball, Paquin and Garrett Jewell each had two hits.  Sigrist recorded three RBIs.  Armstrong and Zac Comeault each had a hit. Aiden Brook swiped two bases.
Both teams had 13 hits in the game.  The Wesmen left nine runners on base compared to the Trojans eight runners left on base.

David Kirby (L, 0-7) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State.  He worked for 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs (two unearned) on seven hits.  He recorded four strikeouts.  Justin Mettling worked for 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up one unearned run on two hits.  Boyd tossed the last two innings, allowing four runs (one unearned) on four hits.
Tyler Moskalyk (W, 2-7) earned the victory after pitching eight innings for Winnipeg.  He gave up three runs on ten hits.  He recorded 10 strikeouts.  Curtis de Pena worked in the ninth inning, allowing four runs (two unearned) on three hits.

Game 2 – Winnipeg (Manitoba) 25, Dakota State (S.D.) 4 – FINAL

Winnipeg outscored Dakota State 23-2 after a 2-2 tie in the first inning in the second game of the doubleheader.

Sigrist and Armstrong recorded back-to-back hit-by-pitches in the top first inning.  Jewell hit a 2-RBI double to score Sigrist and Armstrong to give Wesmen a 2-0 lead.

The Trojans answered back with two runs in the bottom first frame.  Boyd led off with his first career collegiate home run over the center field fence for DSU's first run of the game.

Sermo hit a double with two outs, followed by Nagel's RBI single to score Sermo as DSU knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom first.

UW scored five times in the top second inning, highlighted by a pair of 2-RBI singles by Armstong and Nik Kauenhofen for 7-2 lead.  The Wesmen scored three times in the top fourth to extend their lead to 10-3.

The Trojans scored once in the bottom fourth inning to reduce UW's lead down to 10-4.
The Wesmen exploded for nine run in the top fifth inning as their lead grew to 19-4, highlighted by Jackson Dartnell's 3-run home run.

Kemper led off the bottom fifth inning by with a solo home run as DSU trailed at 19-5.  It was the second home run of the season for Kemper.

Winnipeg scored four times in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh inning to complete the final score.

Boyd and Kemper each had a home run and an RBI for the Trojans.  Sermo added a double and two singles.  Nagel had a single and an RBI.  Trey Randel recorded a double.  Sutera had a hit.

Kemball, Dartnell, Kauenhofen and Brook each had three hits for the Wesmen.  Armstrong, Max Rydholm, Paquin and Jewell each recorded two hits.  Dartnell drove in four runs.  Paquin and Kauenhofen each had three RBIs.

UW outhit DSU 22-8 in the game.  Winnipeg left 12 runners on base while the Trojans had eight runners left on base.

Hayden Rainey (L, 0-3) took the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State.  He tossed 3 2/3 innings and allowed 10 runs (1 unearned) on eight hits.  Mullins worked for one-plus inning, giving up five runs on two hits.  Brad Frandsen tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief.

Brendyn Perron (W, 1-7) tossed a complete game victory for Winnipeg.  He allowed four runs (1 unearned) on eight hits.