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Blue Hawks shock Jimmies

VALLEY CITY -- Fans who have followed Dakota Athletic Conference baseball this season knew Thursday's results could have been a possibility. Fourth-seeded Dickinson State pounded out 10 runs in the first three innings to cruise to a 15-2 victory ...

VALLEY CITY -- Fans who have followed Dakota Athletic Conference baseball this season knew Thursday's results could have been a possibility.

Fourth-seeded Dickinson State pounded out 10 runs in the first three innings to cruise to a 15-2 victory over third-seeded Jamestown College in the first round of the DAC tournament at Charlie Brown Field.

The game was shortened to seven innings due to the 10-run rule.

"We had hot bats early," DSU coach Duane Monlux said. "We were fortunate enough to get a couple of good swings on the ball. We ran the bases aggressively and good things happened for us. We kept doing that every inning."

DSU was one of three games, all of which were upsets.

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Sixth-seeded Minot State scored in the top of the 11th inning to down top-seeded Mayville State 1-0 while fifth-seeded Valley City State took care of third-seeded Dakota State 9-4.

Dakota State followed the loss with a 13-9 win over Mayville State in the loser-out contest, knocking the top seed out of the tournament.

The Blue Hawks scored two runs in the first inning and four more in both the second and third innings while only allowing one run during the stretch.

DSU benefited from having center fielder Mark Wiley in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Wiley went 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs batted in and three runs scored.

"The last couple of weeks, he's been struggling at the plate a little bit," Monlux said. "He's a major key to our success. He sets the table for the rest of the guys."

Leadoff hitter Dan Boudreau helped out with a 3-for-3 performance, driving in three RBI and scoring three runs. Cleanup hitter Tony Isbell was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

After the Blue Hawks got out to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings, Jamestown answered with a run. However, DSU responded with four runs in the third, three more in the fifth and two in the seventh. Jamestown managed just one more run in the fourth.

All in all, the Jimmies scored just the two runs thanks to a brilliant pitching performance from DSU starter Luis Avila (4-8).

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Avila, who had struggled to regain his form after winning DAC pitcher-of-the-year honors last season, was ready to go on Thursday. He allowed two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four in seven innings of work.

"Every time he got into a sticky situation, he got out of it," Monlux said. "He did a good job of making pitches when he needed to."

Jamestown College starter Greg Doyle took the loss after giving up 10 runs - six earned - in 2 2/3 innings.

Dickinson native Jeremy Burgard was the only Jimmie to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Dickinson State 15,

Jamestown College 2 (7 innings)

DSU 244 030 2-- 15 15 0

JC 010 100 0-- 2 5 4

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Luis Avila and Scott Tulloch. Greg Doyle, Alex Kreis (3), Ryan Illif (5) and Miles Johnson. W-Avila (4-8). L-Doyle (4-3). HR- DSU, Mark Wiley.

Highlights: DSU, Dan Boudreau 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, 3 runs; Mark Wiley 3-for-4, 3 RBI, HR, 3 runs. JC, Jeremy Burgard 2-for-2, RBI.

Records: DSU 21-24, JC 25-15.

DAC Tournament

at Valley City (all times MDT)

Games Thursday

1) Minot State 1, Mayville State 0 (11 innings)

3) Dickinson State 15, Jamestown College 2 (7 innings)

2) Valley City State 9, Dakota State 4

4) Dakota State 13, Mayville State 9

Games Saturday

5) No. 6 Minot State vs. No. 2 Jamestown College, 9 a.m.

6) No. 5 Valley City State vs. No. 4 Dickinson State, noon.

7) Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 3 p.m.

8) No. 2 Dakota State vs. Game 6 loser, 6 p.m. (loser-out)

Games Sunday

9) Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner, 9 a.m. (loser-out)

Championship: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, noon.; rematch at 1 p.m. if championship game's loser's first loss.

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