Bison Baseball Sweep Mavericks in Doubleheader

North Dakota State baseball was able to get in two games this past Thursday at Omaha before weather cancelled their third and final game.

The Bison were able to take the doubleheader sweep against the Mavericks with a victory in game one in 10 innings, 2-1, and then shut out Omaha in the night game, 2-0.

Starting pitcher Riley Johnson gave up one run on four hits, three strikeouts and three walks in 7 1/3 innings pitched.

Closer Kevin Folman would get the win for the Bison coming in relief in game one. He struck out two, with one hit and two walks in 2 2/3 scoreless innings on the mound. He improved to 2-1 on the year.

In the bottom of the second, Ben Palensky reached on a two-out hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single to center by Adam Caniglia. Palensky would score after a single through the left side of the field from Max Gamm.

Bennett Hostetler led off the top of the fourth with a double to left center. Drew Fearing’s sacrifice fly moved him to third. Omaha center fielder Tyler Daugherty committed an error on a ball hit by Mason Pierzchalski, bringing Hostetler home to even the game at 1-all.

Entering the top of the 10th inning with the game tied, 1-1, Jayse McLean led off the inning with a single to center. Logan Busch walked to put runners on first and second with no outs. McLean would steal third and come into score on Sean Noel’s RBI sacrifice bunt, giving the Bison the 2-1 lead.

Hostetler went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored to lead the Bison in game one.

Grant Suponchick recorded a pair of hits to lead the Mavericks at the plate.

Omaha reliever Cal Hehnke recorded the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season, and allowed an earned run on two hits, two strikeouts and a walk in two innings pitched.

In game two, McLean would score both runs for the Bison. The first was on an RBI single up the middle off Nick Emanuel’s bat in the sixth. Two innings later, an RBI single up the middle from Tucker Rohde brought in McLean.

Busch and McLean each recorded two hits to lead the Bison at the plate.

Blake Stockert threw his first career complete game shutout, striking out six while giving up just three hits. Stockert improved to 3-1 on the season.

Cole Thibodeau, Thomas DeBonville and Braden Rogers each recorded a hit to lead the Mavericks in the batter’s box.

Omaha starter Spencer Koelewyn suffered the loss on the mound, falling to 2-2, giving up one earned run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

NDSU pitchers allowed one earned run on eight hits with 11 strikeouts and seven walks in the two games.

NDSU is set to face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 p.m. April 10 in Minneapolis.

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