NDSU Baseball Drops Extra Innings Game to South Dakota State

OMAHA, Neb. (NDSU Athletics) -- South Dakota State used a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings before scoring three runs in the bottom of the 10th to beat North Dakota State 10-9 in a Summit League baseball game Sunday at J.J. Isaacson Field.

The Jackrabbits picked up the series victory in the finale, as they improved to 16-14 overall and 9-6 in Summit League play. NDSU dropped to 9-17 overall and 7-8 in the Summit League. NDSU was scheduled to open the home slate on Tuesday against Valley City State, but that game has been postponed due to field conditions. The Bison will next face Oral Roberts in the first game of a three-game series on Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field.

NDSU opened the scoring in the top of the first as Jack Simonsen singled to right field to bring in Brock Anderson. The Jacks added three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead. NDSU didn't let the lead stand for long, as Bennett Hostetler hit his third home run of the season to left field, as Jake Malec scored on the play to tie the game at 3-3 in the second.

Neither team scored again until the seventh inning when the Jacks drove in two on a one-out single to take a 5-3 lead. In the top of the eighth, Sean Noel singled through the left side to bring in Peter Brookshaw before Anderson scored on a ground ball by Simonsen. Noel gave the Bison a 6-5 lead, as he scored on a wild pitch. NDSU extended the lead in the top of the ninth, as Malec scored on a sacrifice fly by Brookshaw, giving NDSU a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Falk homered to left field, driving in Smith, to tie the game and force extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Jayse McLean hit his second home run of the season to plate Simonsen and give the Bison a 9-7 lead. The Jackrabbits started the ninth with back-to-back walks before notching back-to-back singles to tie the game. With one out, Brown singled to first base to plate Steiger for the winning run.

Noel and Simonsen each had two hits for the Bison, while Anderson and Malec each scored twice. Hostetler, Simonsen and McLean each drove in a pair of runs. Charley Hesse extended his hitting streak to 11 games, while Brookshaw has now reached base in 20-straight games.

Ben Smith had a no-decision in the start, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. Smith also had three strikeouts. Hunter Koep had two strikeouts in an inning and two-thirds, while Jake Drew (0-2) suffered the loss in two-thirds of an inning with a strikeout.