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Mayville State uses pitching to sweep Dickinson State baseball team

MAYVILLE -- The Dickinson State baseball team's chances of extending its season into May took a hit Monday.

Mayville State leaned on its pitching -- three pitchers combined for 23 strikeouts in a doubleheader -- to sweep the Blue Hawks 7-0 and 4-3 on Monday. The games were rescheduled from Sunday because of weather conditions.

Nick Anderson struck out 11 and gave up only one hit while walking one as the Comets (24-15) blanked DSU in the first game.

DSU (18-20) then left two on base in the top of the ninth as Mayville State took advantage of a four-run fifth inning to secure the sweep.

DSU's Jacob Muir broke up Anderson's no-hitter in the seventh and final inning of Game 1 with a single to left. He was DSU's only base runner of the game after reaching on a walk in the fourth. However, he never advanced past first base.

James Olderbak hit a solo homer in the fourth and Kurtis McCallum added a three-run shot in the fifth on the at-bat following Phillip Steer's two-run single. Steer finished with three RBI.

Victor Sokolofsky picked up the Game 2 win for the Comets, striking out 10 without a walk in six innings. Aaron Dick got the save, striking out two and allowing DSU to scatter three hits over three innings.

Travis Setere hit a solo home run in the fifth and Zach Griffith drove in Muir on a RBI single later in the inning.

Mayville State fired back with Olderbak's three-run double to left-center in the fifth put Mayville State back up and spelled the end of the day for Blue Hawks starter Bobby King.

Sam Bisson's sacrifice bunt sent home Brock Murphy from third base to close the gap in the seventh.

The Blue Hawks had two runners on with one out in the ninth before Dick forced Jon Mendoza to fly out and Justin Elizondo into a ground out to end the game.

DSU needed to, at the very least, split the four-game series that began Saturday if it wanted its chances of reaching the Association of Independent Institutions Postseason Tournament to remain strong. Instead, the Comets took three of the four.

The Blue Hawks expect to find out Tuesday if they will be the sixth and final team selected by the AII ratings committee to attend the tournament, which begins May 2 in San Marcos, Calif.

DSU 000 000 0 -- 0 1 1

MSU 001 115 x -- 7 7 0

C.J. Ketron, Ian Anderson (6) and Ryan Risse. Nick Anderson and Zachary Mihic. W-N. Anderson. L-Ketron. HR-MSU, James Olderbak; Kurtis McCallum.

Highlights: DSU, Jacob Muir 1-for-2; Ketron 5 IP, 4 K, 2 BB, 7 H, 7 ER. MSU, N. Anderson 7 IP, 11 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 ER; Phillip Steer 2-for-3, 3 RBI, run; McCallum 1-for-3; HR 3 RBI, run; Olderbak 1-for-3, RBI, run.

DSU 000 020 100 -- 3 10 1

MSU 000 040 00x -- 4 8 2

Bobby King, Ian Anderson (5), Brock Overbo (7) and Zach Griffith. Victor Sokolofsky, Aaron Dick (7) and Sam Thielen. W-Sokolofsky. L-King. S-Dick. HR-DSU, Travis Setere.

Highlights: DSU, Jacob Muir 2-for-5, run; Sam Bisson 1-for-4, RBI; Griffith 3-for-5, RBI; Setere 2-for-3, HR, RBI; Derek Carley 1-for-4; Justin Elizondo 1-for-5; King 4.2 IP, 6 K, 3 BB, 4 ER, 6 R. MSU, Sokolofsky 6 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 7 H, 1 ER; Kurtis McCallum 2-for-3, RBI, run; James Olderbak 2-for-4, 3 RBI; Spencer MAllonee 2-for-4, run.

Records: DSU 18-20, MSU 24-15.