Score: (4) South Dakota State 13, (3) North Dakota State 7
Records: South Dakota State (18-31); North Dakota State (26-24)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.
TULSA, Okla. -- No. 4 South Dakota State advanced to Saturday's championship game with a 13-7 victory over No. 3 North Dakota State Friday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
North Dakota State starter Mitch O'Connor only lasted 0.2 of an inning after hitting a pair of batters and walking two more. The southpaw allowed four early runs to the Jackrabbits.
Following a run in the bottom of the second for the Bison, South Dakota State added five more run in the top of the third inning. The Jackrabbits batted around totaling five hits (three singles, two doubles) for their five runs.
The lead was cut to 9-4 on a Matt Elsenpeter three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. South Dakota State answered right back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run shot by Anthony Schneider.
The Jackrabbits tacked on two more runs on a Tony Kjolsing home run in the eighth to take a 13-4 advantage. The Bison added a run in the bottom half of the inning on Tucker Rohde's solo shot and two more runs on Mason Pierzchalski's two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth.
Schneider scored four times for the Jackrabbits and drove in three runs as did Skyler Wenninger. Rohde went a perfect 4-for-4 for the Bison.
Bryce Johnson (1-4) earned his first win of the season on the mound with NDSU's Mitch O'Conner (2-4) suffering the loss.
South Dakota State put the game out of reach early with a four-spot in the first inning and would never relinquish the lead. The Jackrabbits recorded their two runs on a pair of singles, two walks, a hit by pitch and an error. SDSU added five more runs in the third inning on three singles and two doubles.
Inside the Box Score
- North Dakota State's Tucker Rohde went a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to lead the Bison
- SDSU's Anthony Schneider scored four times and drove-in three on a pair of hits for the Jackrabbits.
- A total of nine extra base hits (four doubles, five home runs) were hit in the game.
- Of the 20 runs scored in the game, 10 of those crossed the plate as a result of the long ball.
- Bryce Johnson recorded his first win of the season for the Jacks.
- Attendance was 358.
News & Notes
- South Dakota State advances to its first championship game since 2013 and fourth overall. The Jackrabbits downed the Bison in two title games in 2013.
- The Jackrabbits got revenge on the Bison from last year's second elimination game.
- SDSU had suffered losses in the second elimination game the last four years.
- The Jacks become just the sixth No. 4 seed to advance to the title game since 1984. North Dakota State has been the lone fourth seed to win the tournament title (2014).
- NDSU's Carter Thompson had his 15-game hitting streak end.
No. 4 South Dakota State advances to tomorrow's championship game against No. 1 Oral Roberts. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen on Cox/Yurview.
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