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Blue Hawks split another with Valley City State

VALLEY CITY -- Another day, another doubleheader split for the Dickinson baseball team.

The Blue Hawks won a pitcher's duel in the seven-inning opening game of a Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader at Valley City State 1-0 on Friday afternoon. The Vikings responded in the nine-inning game with a 12-8 win.

In the opener, DSU junior Tanner Newman and VCSU junior Derek Zitzow became locked in a pitcher's duel that wasn't decided until an error late in the game led to DSU's only run.

Newman took the win giving up three hits, striking out three and walking two.

Despite the loss, Zitzow allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and two walks. However, one of the hits he gave up allowed DSU (17-15, 2-2 DAC) to score the game-winning run.

Blue Hawks senior first baseman Travis Setere sent home the game's only run in the sixth inning on a RBI single down the third-base line. He plated center fielder Jacob Muir, who had reached base on an error by third baseman Reed Oistad just two at-bats earlier.

Brenden Shearer went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Scott Stephenson was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Vikings (10-19, 2-2 DAC).

Brock Murphy and Justin Elizondo each drove in a pair of runs as the Blue Hawks battled back late in the game. Tanner Newman went 4-for-5 with a RBI and scored two runs.

DSU is back in action Tuesday when they visit Montana State-Billings for a doubleheader.

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Derek Zitzow and Josiah Churchill. Tanner Newman, Andrew Grafton (7) and Zach Griffith. W-Newman. L-Zitzow. S-Grafton. HR-None.

Highlights: VCSU, Zitzow 6 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 ER; Preston Jensen 1-for-1; Mike Gershman 2-for-3. DSU, Travis Setere 1-for-3, RBI; Jon Mendoza 1-for-2; Newman 6 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 ER.

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Taylor Nelson, Colin Waldner (7), Preston Jensen (8) and Josiah Churchill. Nick Kearley, Bobby King (4), Ian Anderson (8), Brock Overbo (9) and Zach Griffith. W-Nelson. L-Kearley. HR-None.

Highlights: VCSU, Scott Stephenson 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Casey Clark 2-for-4, 2 runs; Kyle Skinner 3-for-6, 2 RBI; Brenden Shearer 2-for-4, 4 RBI; Reed Oistad 1-for-4, 2 runs; Nelson 6 IP, 2 K, 3 BB, 4 ER, 8 H. DSU, Tanner Newman 4-for-5, RBI, 2 runs; Jacob Muir 1-for-5, 2 runs; Justin Elizondo 3-for-4, 2 RBI; Travis Setere 2-for-4, RBI; Derek Carley 2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs; Zach Griffith 1-for-4, 2 runs; Brock Murphy 1-for-5, 2 RBI.

Records: DSU 17-15, VCSU 10-19.