Baseball Drops Both Games Of Doubleheader
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Colorado baseball team ended up on the wrong side of both games of a doubleheader at North Dakota on Saturday, falling 7-1 in the seven-inning first game and 10-7 in the second game.
With the losses, the Bears move to 19-21 overall and 10-5 in Great West Conference play while the Sioux improve to 11-25 on the year and 7-8 in league action.
Junior second baseman T.J. Berge continued to lead the team offensively in conference games, going 4-for-8 on the day while both sophomores Jarod Berggren and Tony Crudo went 3-for-7. Berggren hit safely in both games to extend his school record hitting streak to 25 games and he scored three of the team’s eight runs on the day.
Despite losing both games, the Bears pitchers only surrendered one extra-base hit in the game as 23 of North Dakota’s 24 hits in the twin-bill were singles.
The two teams conclude the four-game series tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. (Central)/noon (Mountain).
North Dakota did the majority of the scoring in the first game as the Bears plated just one in the sixth. Berggren led off the inning with a double and Berge doubled down the right field line.
North Dakota scored its seven runs on 10 hits with three NC errors, while the lone Bear run came on five hits and one UND mistake.
Sophomore left-handed hurler Joe Willman (4-5) pitched five innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Freshman Shay Maltese pitched a scoreless sixth frame, walking two but not allowing any runs to score.
Berge and Berggren each had two hits in the game.
Senior left-handed pitcher James Quisenberry (2-4) threw 4.2 innings, surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits with one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore Casey Coy gave up just one run on three hits in the final 3.1 innings, walking one and fanning one.
The Sioux scored their 10 runs on 14 hits and had two errors in the game, while the Bears scored seven runs on 13 hits and had three miscues.
Berggren walked and scored in the first inning but the Sioux scored three in the bottom of the second for the 3-1 lead.
Berggren, Berge and junior Kyle Hardman each singled in the third and freshman Mark Shannon reached on an error as the Bears tied the score at 3-3.
Five straight singles with two outs gave UND two more runs in the bottom of the third as they regained the lead, 6-3. A throw down to third by Hardman caught the runner off the base to prevent a further rally.
In the fifth, Berge and Shannon each singled and moved to third and second base, respectively on a wild pitch. Coy walked to load the bases and freshman Tyler Wallace doubled down the left field line to score two. Crudo followed with a double to left center and both base runners scored to give the lead back to the Bears, 7-6.
North Dakota immediately regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with three runs on three hits and the benefit of two NC errors for the 9-7 tally. They added an insurance run in the sixth for the 10-7 final.