Jackrabbit baseball drops two games out West

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STOCKTON, Calif. – The South Dakota State baseball team lost a pair of one-run games against Pacific over the weekend.

Saturday

 Pacific 13, SDSU 12

South Dakota State overcame a seven-run deficit to eventually take the lead in the top of the ninth inning, but Pacific pulled out a 13-12 victory on a two-run double by Charles Middleton Jr. in the home half of the frame in college baseball action Saturday afternoon at Klein Family Field.

Trailing 9-2, freshman Wyatt Andersen ignited the Jackrabbit comeback in the top of the sixth inning with a pinch-hit three-run home run that also scored Drew Beazley and Luke Ira.

SDSU put together another three-run inning in the seventh to close to within 9-8. Ryan McDonald started the rally by drawing a one-out walk. After Braeden Brown singled and Beazley was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Garrett Ries and Ira coaxed back-to-back walks against Pacific reliever Swanson for the first two runs of the inning. Beazley came across to score the final run of the inning on an error.

SDSU out-hit Pacific, 15-10, with Ira, Brown and Badger each collecting three hits. Two of Ira’s hits were doubles.

Sunday

 Pacific 6, SDSU 5 (11 inn.)

Pacific’s Alex LeForestier drove in two runs with a single that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and plated the winning run with a double in the 11th as the Tigers won the decisive game of a three-game nonconference baseball series against South Dakota State, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at Klein Family Field.

The Tigers improved to 5-2 overall, while SDSU dropped to 1-5. All three games of the series were decided by one run, with Pacific winning the final two contests in its last at-bat.

Trailing 2-0, the Jackrabbits scored five consecutive runs to take a 5-2 lead into the late innings. Landon Badger hit a two-run home run in the third inning to even the score and SDSU took the lead with a three-run sixth. Braeden Brown singled in the first two runs of the frame and later scored on a two-out double by Derek Hackman.

Both Brown and Hackman went 2-for-5 at the plate to lead the Jackrabbits’ eight-hit effort.

Pacific drew to within 5-3 on Jeremy Lea’s solo homer off SDSU starter Brady Stover in the home half of the sixth. Stover struck out three, walked three and allowed three runs on five hits in leaving with the lead through six innings.

Jackrabbit reliever Brett Mogen, who was making his second appearance of the series, pitched scoreless frames in both the seventh and eighth innings and retired the first two batters of the ninth before allowing a single to James Arakawa.

SDSU closer Bret Barnett entered to try to record the final out, but issued two walks to load the bases for LeForestier, who lined a single to right that brought home both Arakawa and James McClenaghan to force extra innings.

The Jackrabbits threatened in the 10th after a one-out double by Drew Beazley, but did not score.

UP NEXT

The Jackrabbits are scheduled to travel to Minnesota for a nonconference game Wednesday night. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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