NDSU, ORU Earn Wins on #SummitBSB Day One

NDSU, ORU Earn Wins on #SummitBSB Day One

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The Basics
Score: (3) North Dakota State 2, (2) Western Illinois 0
Records: North Dakota State (26-22); Western Illinois (17-30)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. -- No. 3 North Dakota State defeated No. 2 Western Illinois by a 2-0 score behind a complete game one-hitter by Blake Stockert Wednesday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

The first three innings was a pitcher's duel between Stockert and Western Illinois starter Ryan Dunne.

North Dakota State scratched across the first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning as Matt Elsenpeter scored Carter Thompson on a sacrifice fly. Thompson led off the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to 14-straight games.

In the sixth inning, Thompson drove-in the second Bison run as he plated Jayse McLean on a single to right center field.

In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Western Illinois challenged North Dakota state third baseman Matt Elsenpeter. The senior recorded all three outs, including his second diving stop of the game.

Deion Thompson collected the lone Western Illinois hit of the game in the eighth inning.

Stockert (5-3) and Dunne (4-7) both collected five strikeouts on the mound.

Carter Thompson led NDSU with two hits, one run and one RBI.

Turning Point
A dominate performance by Bison starting pitcher Blake Stockert held the Western Illinois bats at bay to secure the victory.

Inside The Box Score

  • Despite just six total hits in the game, eight batters reached base via the base on balls.
  • Stockert needed 121 pitches to record the no-hitter, while Dunne registered 114 pitches.
  • Mason Pierzchalski reached base all four times with a hit and three walks.
  • Time of the game was 2:32.
  • Attendance was 532.

News & Notes

  • Stockert nearly tossed the first no-hitter in Summit League Tournament history.
  • North Dakota State improves to 7-0 against Western Illinois all-time in the tournament.

The Basics
Score: (1) Oral Roberts 13, (4) South Dakota State 8
Records: Oral Roberts (26-18); South Dakota State (16-31)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – Top-seeded Oral Roberts defeated No. 4 South Dakota State by a xx-xx in Wednesday's second game at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The start of the game was delayed two hours and 35 minutes due to severe weather in the Tulsa area.

With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning, Oral Roberts loaded the bases on a single and pair of walks. Following a pair of strikeouts by South Dakota State starter Brady Stoever, Cal Hernandez smacked a three-RBI double down the third base line. On the very next pitch, Summit League Player of the Year Noah Cummings belted a two-run home run to give the Golden Eagles a 6-1 lead it would never relinquish.

South Dakota State tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the third inning on a pair of singles by Newt Johnson and Gus Steiger. Oral Roberts added a four-spot in the bottom half of the inning to take a 10-3 lead.

A pair of singles and doubles by the Jackrabbits in the fourth inning made it a 10-5 Golden Eagle lead.

Oral Roberts would add a run in the fourth and a pair of runs in the seventh pushing its lead to 13-6 before South Dakota State answered back with two runs in the eighth.

Cal Hernandez and Nick Roark led ORU with three hits apiece, while Tony Kjolsing, Newt Johnson and Skyler Wenninger each had three hits for SDSU.

Colton Larkins (3-1) got the win for Oral Roberts, while Brady Stoever (3-2) suffered the loss for South Dakota State.

Turning Point
A bases-clearing two-out double down the left field line by Oral Roberts' Cal Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the second. On the very next pitch, Noah Cummings belted a two-run homer to left field to make it a 6-1 Golden Eagles lead after two innings.

Inside The Box Score

  • Oral Roberts scored in five of its eight possible innings.
  • 17 of the 21 total runs scored in the game crossed the plate in the first four innings.
  • A total of nine different pitchers were used between ORU and SDSU.
  • Two players – ORU's Cal Hernandez and SDSU's Tony Kjolsing – were a hit away from the cycle. Hernandez only needed a triple, while Kjolsing missed out on the homer.
  • Attendance was 619 while official game time was 3:34.

News & Notes

  • Oral Roberts improves to 60-3 all-time in league tournament history.
  • South Dakota State drops to 14-16 in Summit League Tournament history.
  • The Golden Eagles are now 16-0 at home this season against Summit League opponents.
  • With his three RBI, Oral Roberts' Noah Cummings extends his career league record to 194.
  • Due to severe weather in the area, the game, originally scheduled to start at 6 p.m., was delayed two hours and 35 minutes. 

Up Next
No. 4 South Dakota State will be back at J.L. Johnson Stadium to face No. 2 Western Illinois at Noon CT. Yesterday's winners -- No. 1 Oral Roberts and No. 3 North Dakota State -- will battle at 6 p.m. CT


ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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