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Bison Baseball Rolls Past Winnipeg

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The North Dakota State baseball team (20-22) cruised to an 18-2 victory over Winnipeg (5-36) on Sunday, May 11, at Newman Outdoor Field to complete the three-game series sweep of the Wesmen.

NDSU outscored Winnipeg in the weekend three-game series, 41-6, and tallied a combined 39 hits compared to 20 for the Wesmen.

Five Bison each collected two RBI in the game, led by Andy Wicklund, who went 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of RBI and a double, his fourth of the season, while Wes Satzinger crushed his first triple of 2014. Aiden Hook (2), Wicklund (3), and David Ernst (2) each posted multiple hits in the contest.

Sean Terres pitched two innings in relief, allowing one earned run on one hit with a strikeout, to pick up the victory and move to 2-2 on the season.

NDSU posted five runs in the fifth inning to balloon a 2-1 lead to a 7-1 advantage. Jon Hechtner doubled to centerfield, bringing in Paul Funk, and Hook crossed home plate for NDSU's second run of the inning on a Wesmen passed ball. Nick Altavilla stroked a double down the left field line, scoring Hechtner and Satzinger, and Wicklund singled home Altavilla for the Bison's fifth run of the inning.

After scoring two more runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 7-2, the Bison offense put the game out of reach with seven runs in the seventh. John Skrbec hit a double to right center that drove in Funk and Michael Leach and Blake Turbak singled to left, plating Skrbec, for the third run of the inning. Ernst continued the Bison offensive outburst with an RBI single to center that scored Logan Swann and Ben Petersen hit a sacrifice fly to plate Turbak. The Bison scored the final two runs of the inning on bases-loaded walks.

With the win, NDSU improves to 20-22 overall, marking the fifth consecutive season the Bison have reached the 20-win mark, while Winnipeg falls to 5-36 on the season.

The Bison are scheduled to host Summit League rival South Dakota State in the final home series of the season at Newman Outdoor Field Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17. NDSU will open the four-game set against the Jackrabbits with a single game Thursday at 6:30 p.m.      

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