DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Baseball team split a four game series with the Viterbo University V-Hawks last weekend to end the 2017 regular season.
GM 1: DSU 10 VU 9
It came down to another furious late game rally but Dickinson State managed to push across 6 runs in the final 3 frames, including 3 in the ninth capped by a Nathan Demarais walk-off 2 RBI single, to erase a 9-4 deficit and top Viterbo University 10-9 in game one of the weekend series.
Dickinson State's offense was clicking on all cylinders as they pounded out 18 hits and were led by a 4-5 day from Jacob Cuch who added a homerun and 3 RBI. Micquel Robinson went 3-5 on the day with a pair of doubles while Chad Mackay also went 3-5 with an RBI. Sagan Osborne and Dylan Skabo both went 2-4, while Trevor Oldham, Danny Brescia, Ryan Absher, and Nathan Demarais each added one hit.
Ethan Bell led the V-Hawks going 3-4 with a homerun, while Mannie de la Rosa also added a homerun. Overall, Viterbo scattered 12 hits.
Senior Joey Buchanan got the win in relief for the Blue Hawks pitching the final 2 innings allowing 0 runs on 2 hits. Jon Koessl was solid in relief again pitching 6.1 innings and allowing 4 runs on 9 hits he walked 2 and struck out 5. Konner Goettsche got the start for the Blue Hawks going 0.2 innings and allowing 5 runs on 1 hit.
DSU scored 10 runs on 18 hits and committed 0 errors. VU scored 9 runs on 12 hits and committed 1 error.
GM 2: VU 5 DSU 1
Dickinson State would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI double from Jacob Cuch, but that was all the Blue Hawks could muster as they dropped game 2 of the double header 5-1 to Viterbo University.
Jalen Lane was saddled with the loss for Dickinson State as he went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3. Brock Messer threw the 7th inning for DSU allowing 0 runs on 0 hits, but walked 1.
DSU scored 1 runs on 4 hits and committed 1 error. VU scored 5 runs on 13 hits and committed 0 errors.
GM 3: DSU 8 VU 7
Déjà vu ruled Sunday's opener as a Nathan Demarais walk-off single propelled the Blue Hawks to a thrilling 8-7 victory over Viterbo University in game 3 of the NSAA weekend series. After the V-Hawks rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning the Blue Hawks got to work in the bottom half of the frame. A Chad Mackay single started the inning before DSU sacrificed bunted him to second. An intentional walk of Trevor Oldham set the stage for Demarais as he calmly stroked a ball up the middle for his second walk-off in as many days.
Senior Chad Mackay went 4-5 to lead the Blue Hawks offense on Senior Day. Demarais and Micquel Robinson both added two hits for DSU, while Sagan Osborne, Dylan Skabo, Jacob Cuch, Ryan Absher, and Danny Brescia all added hits as well.
Gabe Lizarraga started the game going 7 innings and allowing 4 runs on 9 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Senior Joey Buchanan threw a third of an inning allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, while fellow Senior Sean Getchell earned the win in relief going the final 1.2 innings and allowing 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4.
DSU scored 8 runs on 13 hits and committed 0 errors. VU scored 7 runs on 9 hits and committed 0 errors.
GM 4: VU 10 DSU 9
Dickinson State nearly did it again, pulling within 1 run after an 6th inning grand slam by Senior Sagan Osborne, but ran out of magic as they dropped the regular season finale 10-9 to Viterbo University.
Jacob Cuch and Nathan Demarais both went 2-4 to lead the Blue Hawks with Cuch adding 3 RBI and Demarais a double. Osborne finished 1-3 with a homerun and 4 RBI, while Dylan Skabo and Micquel Robinson both added a hit apiece for DSU.
Senior Taylor Dantini got the start, but was saddled with the loss, in his final home game for the Blue Hawks going 3 innings and allowing 6 runs on 6 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 1. Brock Messer threw 1 inning in relief allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Ryan Absher finished the game for DSU allowing 2 runs on 2 hits over 3 innings pitched.
DSU scored 9 runs on 7 hits and committed 0 errors. VU scored 10 runs on 11 hits and committed 0 errors.
DSU finishes the regular season 21-25 (11-13 NSAA) and has earned the number 5 seed in the NSAA conference tournament next wee. They will play in the Jamestown bracket alongside Jamestown, Presentation, and Bellevue. The Blue Hawks will face 4-seed University of Jamestown in the opening round.