The North Dakota State baseball team wasn’t kind to its soon-to-be defunct University of North Dakota counterparts Wednesday, winning 15-4.
Though it was a beautiful afternoon outside, UND’s baseball team was still feeling a little blue following the news Tuesday that its sports team would be cut at the end of this season.
While UND came out strong grabbing an early 2-0 lead, NDSU soon shut down the rival team, completing the first of this season’s two match ups with a swaggering win.
Bison head coach Tod Brown said at this point in the season, there were too many other things going on to worry about than UND’s big cut.
“Obviously it’s not great for college baseball, and that’s an opponent in our area that we like to play, and it’s a good rivalry,” Brown said. “But at the end of the day, I have too much on my plate to be worrying about other people’s programs.”
Sophomore Drew Fearing agreed with is coach.
“UND did the best thing for them; we really don’t have any opinion on it,” Fearing said.
NDSU stepped up in a big way, showing no mercy. The third inning was one of the biggest for the team, scoring seven runs to grab a secure lead early on.
“It was a good lead,” Fearing said. “We put them down fast and early and that’s what you wanna do in every game.”
One thing that was helpful for the team was the pitching of junior Luke Lind who improved his overall record to 4-2, grabbing a win after allowing no runs, hits, or walks in his two innings played.
“The pitcher of the night was Luke Lind,” Brown raved. “He’s struggled the last couple outings and for him to come in and get back on track was a big boost for us because we’re gonna need him this weekend and he’s been struggling. I thought he did a great job.”
Another player who had a standout game to add to his already impressive season was Fearing who went 2-for-3 while scoring four runs to help the Bison in the win.
Along with his success in this game, Fearing currently leads the offense with a batting average of .358 and 28 runs on the season.
“I’ve just been seeing the ball well and putting a good swing on the ball,” he said.