The NDSU baseball team finished a four-game road trip Sunday at Western Illinois, losing both games in walk-off fashion. WIU dropped the Bison to 0-4 in Summit League game with 4-3 and 9-8 victories. The two losses pushes NDSU’s losing streak to five games and a 7-13 overall record.
The close finishes have been a theme in the Bison’s five-game skid, losing four of those games by one run. WIU used the last inning of both games to put NDSU away. In the nightcap, the Leathernecks hit four straight singles with two outs in ninth inning to win.
The opening game saw a slow start for the Bison, falling behind WIU 3-1. Wes Satzinger reached on a hit-by-pitch and Kyle Kleinendorst walked to get on base for NDSU in the sixth. They advanced off a Blake Turbak sacrifice bunt and then scored on an infield error to tie the game in the sixth inning.
Zack Burling led WIU off with a walk and eventually came around to score. Tanner Glore flied out to shallow right field and Burling tagged up and beat the throw home after it was dropped to giving the Leathernecks the 4-3 winning edge.
Nick Altavilla was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored while Tim Colwell was 2-for-4. Parker Trewin got the start and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. Reliever Trevor Jaunich took the loss, dropping him to 1-1.
In the second game, the Bison went on a scoring flurry with five runs in the fifth inning, taking a 7-5 lead. The inning was sparked by Satzinger’s two-run single and RBI hits by Kleinendorst and Altavilla.
Turbak extended the Bison lead to 8-5 with and RBI single in the seventh. But down to their final out, the Leathernecks scored in their final four at-bats for the win.
Altavilla had another solid showing at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Satzinger and Turbak both went 2-for-4. Kevin Folman pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits to record the loss.
NDSU’s game Tuesday at Minnesota was postponed due to weather. The Bison travel to Brookings, S.D., to take on South Dakota State in a doubleheader Friday.