Bison Earn Split With Jackrabbits

OMAHA, Neb. (NDSU Athletics) -- After dropping the series opener 5-2, the North Dakota State baseball team bounced back to beat South Dakota State 6-2 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday at J.J. Isaacson Field.

The three-game Summit League series was moved to Omaha due to the blizzard in the Upper Midwest. With the split, NDSU improved to 9-16 overall and 7-7 in Summit League play, while the Jackrabbits are now 15-14 overall and 8-6 in Summit League play. The two teams will play in the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Omaha.

NDSU scored first in the opener, as Ben Tallman scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. The Jackrabbits took the lead with a one-out double and a two-out single in the third. SDSU added a run in the fourth on a one-out, two RBI single. The Bison cut into the lead in the top of the sixth, as Jack Simonsen singled through the left side to score Brock Anderson. SDSU scored the final run of the game on a one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth.

Jayse McLean led the Bison with a pair of hits in the game, while Simonsen, Charley Hesse and Tallman each had a hit. Zach Smith suffered the loss on the mound, as he dropped to 1-3 on the year. Smith went 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out a pair. Blake Tritch tied a career-high with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings, as he gave up a hit and walked one.

In the nightcap, the Bison jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in the 6-2 victory. In the first inning, Simonsen grounded out to shortstop, as Bennett Hostetler scored the first run of the game. With two outs, McLean reached on an infield single as Anderson scored for the 2-0 lead. With one out in the second, Anderson singled to left field, as Jake Malec and Carter Thompson scored.

NDSU added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to push the lead to 6-0. Hesse singled to left field, as Sean Noel scored in the fifth. A single to left field by Peter Brookshaw in the sixth drove in Thompson for the final NDSU run of the game. SDSU added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly. Hesse extended his hitting streak to 10 in the game, while Brookshaw has now reached base in 19-straight games.

Anderson and McLean had two hits apiece for the Bison. Thompson scored a pair of runs, while Anderson tied a career-high with two RBI. Max Loven picked up his first collegiate win on the mound, going six innings for the victory. Loven gave up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jordan Harms worked two innings out of the bullpen, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Parker Harm tossed the final two innings, giving up a walk and striking one out.