NDSU fell to UND once again for the second time this year.
David Ernst took the loss for the Bison (17-22, 8-10 Summit League) as UND (9-20) came out on top 3-2 Wednesday at Kraft Memorial Field in Grand Forks.
Ernst gave up three runs and 10 hits in five innings of work. The pitcher fell to 3-4 on the year
The Bison took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Kyle Kleinendorst doubled to lead off the inning, then Nick Altavilla singled him home on the next pitch.
Two more singles and the Bison found themselves with the bases loaded and no outs. Paul Funk grounded out to the second baseman, but Altavilla scored and the other runners advanced.
With runners at second and third and only one out, the Bison had a chance to open the game. UND’s Tyler Ruemmele was not going to let it go like that, as he struck out Aiden Hook and Tim Colwell to pitch himself out of the inning.
UND catcher Taylor Petersen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit in half. Petersen also went 3-4 on the day.
In the bottom of the fourth, UND’s Sam Alt singled to left field to lead off the inning. Down one, UND’s Daniel Lockhert took matters into his own hands and cranked one over the left field wall to secure the game-winning run.
The Bison had their chances. They left seven men on base in the last five innings and never touched the plate again.
Ellery Bresnahan took the win from the mound for UND after limiting the Bison to no runs in his three innings from the mound. Jeff Campbell picked up his first save of the year, striking out two and giving up one hit.
The Bison continued action as they hosted Winnipeg for a three-game series Saturday.
The Bison remain at the bottom of their conference. The Summit League Tournament will begin May 22 in Sioux Falls, S.D.