FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- It was another high-scoring affair for the North Dakota State baseball team Sunday afternoon, as the Bison beat Purdue Fort Wayne 11-9 in the series finale at Newman Outdoor Field.
The Bison moved to 18-22 on the year and 14-13 in Summit League play with the win. Purdue Fort Wayne dropped to 6-42 overall and 1-26 in league play. NDSU will face South Dakota State in a three-game series to end the regular season next week. The first game is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. The Bison enter the final regular season series tied with Western Illinois in the standings for the final spot in the conference tournament.
NDSU jumped on the Mastodons early in the finale with four runs in the first inning. Three of the runs came via bases loaded walks. Purdue Fort Wayne scored a pair in the second and one in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bennett Hostetler hit his third home run of the series to left field, as the Bison took a 6-3 lead. The Mastodons scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 6-6.
The Bison quickly got the lead back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Singles by Jake Malec and Hostetler drove in the three runs to push the lead to 9-6.
NDSU extended the lead to 11-6 in the sixth inning, as Carter Thompson hit his third home run of the season down the left field line. The Mastodons added three runs in the eighth inning for the final runs of the game.
Hostetler led the Bison with three hits, while Sean Noel added a pair. Hostetler and Thompson each drove in three runs, while Malec brought in a pair. Noel, Jack Simonsen and Charley Hesse each scored twice.
Zach Smith had a no-decision in 2.1 innings of work, giving up six hits and two runs, while walking one and striking one out. Mitch O'Connor and Jake Drew each added a strikeout. Blake Tritch picked up his first career win in 1.2 innings of work. Jordan Harms earned his second save of the season, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning.