PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – North Dakota State rallied from four down in the ninth for a game one win and took that momentum into the doubleheader finale for a sweep of the St. Bonaventure baseball team Sunday at the Snowbird Classic.
GAME 1 – NDSU 6, St. Bonaventure 5 | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies led for much of the game, but could not close the door as the Bison scored a walkoff win.
Brendyn Stillman cranked his fifth homer of the year out to right in the sixth and reigning Atlantic 10 and National Player of the Week Tyler Kelder followed with his seventh round-tripper on a bomb to left in the ninth to stretch the lead to four, 5-1.
Unfortunately for the Bonnies, it wouldn't be enough.
Casey Vincent coaxed two fly ball outs to strand runners at second and third in the eighth, but the Bison knocked down the door in their last at-bat.
A fielding error gave NDSU an opportunity in the ninth and it capitalized, sending nine men to the plate. A force play at second scored the tying run and Peter Brookshaw delivered the game-winning hit down the right field line with two away, scoring the winning run from second.
A tremendous start from Elijah Baez ended up going for naught – he threw seven outstanding innings, allowing just two hits to leadoff man Brock Anderson while walking two and striking out three.
GAME 2 – NDSU 6, St. Bonaventure 1 (7 inn.) | Box Score (PDF)
In a scheduled seven inning game two, NDSU jumped out early and never looked back.
North Dakota State grabbed a run in the first on a two-out run-scoring single up the middle from Zach Solano for the early advantage. Bona threatened with an answer in the home half of the inning with runners at second and third when Matthew Williams drilled a liner at short - the rocket was caught, however, to end the threat.
The Bison (5-7) added another run in the second and the Bonnies would cut the deficit in half with a run-scoring hit from Brendyn Stillman behind the first base bag in the third.
That would turn out to be the only hit of the game for the Bonnies against a pair of NDSU right-handers who kept the Bona offense off-balance all day.
Donovan Moffat started and threw 5.1 strong innings, though a couple well-placed hits and bloops off NDSU bats proved the difference. The senior left-hander stuck out eight batters, walking two and allowing three earned runs.
The Bonnies (3-2) are off until Friday when they face Illinois-Chicago as the Snowbird Classic continues.
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