Bison Baseball Suffers Rocky Spring Break

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North Dakota State baseball fell in a slump over spring break as they got one win of eight during their time in Florida and Oklahoma.

NDSU won their first game of the trip 10-0 over St. Bonaventure to open the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

Senior right-handed pitcher Luke Lind tossed his first career complete game shutout allowing three hits with four strikeouts and zero walks in seven innings pitched.

The Bison out hit the Bonnies 10-3 and committed zero errors compared to the three errors of the Bonnies.

The Bison then fell to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, 10-3, and Sunday, 7-3.

On Saturday, senior right-hander Reed Pfannenstein suffered the loss. Pfannenstein gave up five runs, two earned, on nine hits with one strikeout in four innings.

Junior infielder Mason Pierzchalski extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double. Redshirt junior outfielder Logan Busch went 3-for-4 with a double and driving in two.

On Sunday, senior outfielder Ben Petersen hit his Summit League-high sixth home run of the season.

Sophomore right-hander Jordan Harms was credited with the loss as he gave up five earned on six hits with one strikeout and one walk in four innings.

NDSU got off to a hot start against the University of Massachusetts, but the Minutemen came back to win 9-5.

Left-handed reliever Chris Choles suffered the loss after giving up two earned on three hits with a strikeout and walk in the seventh-inning giving UMass a 5-4 lead.

Junior infielder Drew Fearing went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run batted in. Pierzchalski extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a triple and double to go with a RBI.

The Bison closed out the Invitational with a 4-0 loss to Lehigh University Wednesday, March 15.

Redshirt senior designated hitter JT Core connected for two hits.

Left-handed pitcher Parker Harm suffered the loss on the mound for NDSU, giving up one earned run on two hits with five strikeouts and one walk in four innings of work.

NDSU then opened Summit League play with a goose egg, getting swept by Oral Roberts.

Game one saw the Bison collect just five hits in a 9-1 loss.

Pierzchalski extended his hitting streak to a team-best 17 games. Petersen, Core and freshman infielder Tucker Rohde also doubled in the game.

Lund was given the loss after surrendering seven earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and no walks in 5 1/3 innings pitched.

NDSU scored its lone run of the game on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning.

In game two, NDSU fell 5-1 to the Golden Eagles.

Pfannenstein took the loss on the mound for NDSU after giving up four earned runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and one walk in five innings pitched.

Pierzchalski saw his hitting streak come to an end as the Bison got just three hits.

Designated hitter and pitcher Trevor McCutchin went 2-for-4 at the plate with two solo home runs leading the Golden Eagles at the plate.

The Golden Eagles completed the three-game sweep with an 8-2 win.

Busch went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs to lead NDSU offensively. Petersen added two hits and a scored run.

It was the Bison’s most productive game in the series, but they could not get a run across until the eighth inning, despite getting nine hits.

Harms took the loss on the mound giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks in three innings.

NDSU falls to 7-13 overall and 0-3 in league play.

North Dakota State is slated to return to action Friday at Western Illinois.

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