Hawks split with Jamestown
JAMESTOWN -- After being knocked around and shut down in the first game of a baseball doubleheader, Dickinson State found a way to bounce and, perhaps, extend its season.
Jamestown College beat DSU 12-3 in the first game as Paul Roers pitched gave up just one hit, albeit a three-run homer by Zach Griffith.
The Blue Hawks bucked up in the Game 2, however, as Tanner Newman's fly out to center field scored Brock Murphy for what proved to be the game-winning run as DSU turned to closer Andrew Grafton in the ninth inning and held on for a 7-6 win at Jack Brown Stadium.
The split keeps the Blue Hawks in contention for the sixth and final spot in the Association of Independent Institutions postseason tournament. Jamestown is one of five teams that have already secured a bid.
DSU needed every last bit to hand the Jimmies their first loss against a team from the Dakota Athletic Conference this season.
While Jamestown (27-13-1, 7-1 DAC) spread out its runs in the second game, DSU plated it's a few at a time.
Jon Mendoza opened the scoring in the three-run third inning with a RBI single. Derek Carley scored on a wild pitch with Jake Coyle at the plate and, two pitches later, Coyle sent home Mendoza on a ground out.
Mendoza's double and Griffith's single scored back-to-back runs in the seventh inning as DSU went ahead 6-5.
The right-handed Roers didn't give the Blue Hawks (19-21, 4-6 DAC) much to work with in the first game, stirking out six and walking four.
His only miscue came in the seventh when he walked Travis Setere, hit Mendoza with a pitch and gave up Griffith's home run to right on consecutive at bats.
The Jimmies led 12-0 going into the final inning.
Spencer Flaten went 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs. He added a home run in the second game.
The teams face off again today in a doubleheader that could determine whether or not DSU will be selected by the AII ratings committee next week as the final team into the tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for noon MDT.
For box scores, see Scoreboard on Page B2.
Jamestown College 12, Dickinson State 3
DSU 000 000 3 -- 3 1 4
JC 002 541 x -- 12 9 0
C.J. Ketron, Ian Anderson (3), Brock Overbo (4) and Zach Griffith. Paul Roers and Joe Perez. W-Roers. L-Ketron. HR-DSU, Griffith.
Highlights: DSU Griffith 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, run. JC, Roers 7 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 7 K, 4 BB; Spencer Flaten 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 3 runs; Perry Wilkinson 1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Kyle Mallory 1-for-3, 2 RBI, run; Mitch Stevens 3-for-4, 2B, RBI; Max Boe 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI.
Dickinson State 7, Jamestown College 6
DSU 103 000 210 -- 7 9 2
JC 012 110 001 -- 6 14 1
Erik Bastio, Bobby King (7), Andrew Grafton (9) and Zach Griffith. Adam Ranger, Blake Stewart (6), Zach Mendiola (9) and Joe Perez. W-King. L-Stewart. S-Grafton. HR-JC, Spencer Flaten.
Highlights: DSU, Jacob Muir 1-for-5, 2B, run; Tanner Newman 2-for-5, RBI, run; Derek Carley 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Travis Setere 1-for-3; Jon Mendoza 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Griffith 1-for-3, RBI; Brock Murphy 1-for-4, 2B, run. JC, Ranger 5 IP, 5 H, 5 K, 5 BB, 4 ER; Flaten 1-for-5, HR, RBI; Kyle Mallory 1-for-4, RBI, run; Nico Moreno 2-for-4, 2 2B, run; Max Boe 2-for-4, 2B, run; Derek Wallace 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Perez 1-for-3, 2B, RBI.
Records: DSU 19-21, 4-6 DAC; JC 27-13-1, 7-1 DAC.