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Marauders sweep DSU in close games

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson State pitcher Brendan Hardaway, back, throws a pitch at a University of Mary batter in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

After giving up a five runs in the fourth inning, Dickinson State junior right-handed pitcher Brendan Hardaway needed to buckle down.

He did and threw three straight scoreless innings.

Despite the gutsy effort from Hardaway, the five-run fourth inning proved to be the key as the University of Mary defeated DSU 7-6 on Monday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

The Marauders finished off the sweep with a three-run seventh inning to win 6-5.

“We didn’t play very well and they did,” DSU head coach Jason Watson said. “They got some big hits and we didn’t. If you don’t play every aspect of the game, you’re not going to win. That’s been the story of the season. We have yet to play one complete game of baseball.”

Hardaway pitched seven innings, allowed seven runs (six earned), walked three and struck out four. He threw 101 pitches.

The junior right-hander admitted his fastball control wasn’t quite there, but his secondary helped him quiet Mary’s bats in the final three innings.

“I struggled with my fastball a bit and I went to the slider and the changeup, which was working really well for me,” he said. “After that (fourth) inning, I put up a zero and I knew I could put up a couple more zeroes. I wasn’t going to let them get on me anymore.”

Mary’s five-run fourth inning was opened up on a Sam Ingemansen RBI single to center. Scott Held drove in two more runs on a double, while Derek Somerville knocked in the final run on a RBI single to left.

“It allows guys to go out and attack the strike zone,” Mary head coach Joel Barta said about the pitchers effort after the five-run inning. “When you put a number on the board like that and you can work ahead, it allows you just go out there and throw strikes.”

DSU (9-35) scored the first three runs of the game, which included a two-run double from junior catcher Ryan Risse. Chris Mjelstad, who went 2 for 4 with a RBI triple in the fifth, drove in Eric Contreras on a RBI single through the legs of Mary’s starting pitcher Adam Brewers.

Contreras didn’t have any trouble at the plate going 3 for 4 with a double and scored two runs. Caleb Burgard tacked on two hits and RBI, while Ryan finished 1 for 4 with two RBI.

Mary’s sophomore catcher Dwight Mack, a transfer from North Dakota State, ripped a two-run home run over the right field fence in the second inning.

During the second game, Mary (15-23) posted three runs in the seventh inning after DSU senior Ian Anderson gave up three walks and a hit. The senior left-handed reliever was pulled without recording an out.

With the bases still loaded and the scored tied 5-5, the Marauders’ sophomore third baseman Mason Schiff hit a RBI sacrifice fly to right field scoring Jason Schaul for the game-winning run.

“I just tried to keep the at bat alive and hit in play like coach always tells us,” said Schiff, who is a Dickinson Trinity graduate. “If you put it in play, good things will happen.”

The Marauders posted 17 hits in the second game. Schaul led Mary going 3 for 4 and scored two runs. Somerville, Mack and Alex Deyle each tacked on two hits.

Jordan Tescher led DSU going 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and scored two runs. Mjelstad went 1 for 2 and drove in two runs.

DSU starting pitcher Chas Allen finished with a no decision after going six innings, allowed three runs on 11 hits and struck out three.

Mary used six pitchers through seven innings as Sam Salveson collected the win and Zach Stecker threw the final inning for the save.

The Blue Hawks continued their season traveling to the University of Jamestown for a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday. DSU will turn around and host a doubleheader with the Jimmies on Sunday.

“We have to get better and we have to give ourselves a chance to win ball games,” Watson said. “If we don’t show up, it’s going to be four wins for Jamestown easily. If we show up and play ball, there’s a chance we can win. You have to give yourself a chance to win.”

MARY 020 500 0 — 7 10 2

DSU 300 111 0 — 6 10 4

Adam Brewers, Shane Trattle (4), Nicholas Stobbe (6), Travis Famias (7) and Dwight Mack, Sam Ingemansen (7). Brendan Hardaway and Ryan Risse.

W–Trattle. L–Hardaway. HR–M, Mack.

Highlights: M, Scott Held 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Mack 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, run; Derek Somerville 1 for 3, RBI, run; Ingemansen 1 for 3, RBI, run; Alex Deyle 2 for 4, run; Andrew Beyer 1 for 3, run; Jason Shaul 1 for 4. DSU, Eric Contreras 3 for 4, 2B, 2 runs; Chris Mjelstad 2 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI, run; Ryan Risse 1 for 4, 2 RBI, run; Austin Taft 1 for 3, 2B, run; Caleb Burgard 2 for 3, RBI; Jordan Tescher 1 for 4, run.

MARY 001 110 3 — 6 12 1

DSU 300 110 0 — 5 7 1

Brad Horan, Zach Schuchard (2), Evan Morehead (4), Michael Vollrath (5), Sam Salveson (6), Zach Stecker (7) and Dwight Mack. Chas Allen, Ian Anderson (7), Taylor Kraenzel (7) and Ryan Risse.

W–Salveson. L–Anderson. Sv–Stecker. HR–None.

Highlights: M, Mason Schiff 1 for 2, 2 RBI; Mack 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI; Alex Deyle 2 for 3, RBI; Derek Somerville 2 for 3, RBI, run; Jason Shaul 3 for 4, 2 runs; Austin Grundstand 1 for 3, run. D, Chris Mjelstad 1 for 2, 2 RBI; Eric Seiler 1 for 1; Jordan Tescher 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Jeff VanCleave 1 for 3, run; Thad Lane 1 for 3, 2B, RBI; Eric Contreras 1 for 4.