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Jackrabbits lose two of three in Omaha

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Posted 4/15/24

South Dakota State baseball dropped to 15-18 on the season after losing two of three games against Omaha.

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Jackrabbits lose two of three in Omaha


OMAHA — South Dakota State baseball dropped to 15-18 on the season after losing two of three games against Omaha.

The Jackrabbits won the first game on Friday and then fell in games on Saturday and Sunday.

SDSU plays at Minnesota on Wednesday at 6 p.m.


SDSU 7, Omaha 2

Cael Frost homered twice and Nic McCay limited Omaha to one run over eight innings as South Dakota State opened a three-game Summit League baseball series with a 7-2 victory Friday night at Tal Anderson Field.

After being held without a hit through the first three innings, the SDSU offense began to click in the fourth inning. With one out in the frame and the Jackrabbits trailing 1-0, Frost connected on an opposite-field solo shot to left field to tie the game. On the very next pitch from Omaha starter Charlie Bell, Dawson Parry launched his 11th home run of the season over the wall in left field to give SDSU a lead it would not relinquish.

McCay allowed a run on two hits in the bottom of the first, then held the Mavericks scoreless over the next seven innings. The senior right-hander settled in to the tune of retiring seven in a row in one stretch with five of the outs via strikeouts. He remained unbeaten on the season with a 4-0 mark after striking out 10 and walking one while scattering five hits.

SDSU added a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Jordan Sagedahl before Frost put the game further out of reach with a three-run homer to right field in the top of the seventh. It was Frost’s team-leading 16th round-tripper of the season.

The final Jackrabbit run of the game scored in the eighth inning when Reece Anderson singled home pinch-runner Adam Benes.

SDSU finished with a 13-5 advantage in hits, with Frost, Parry and Anderson among the six Jackrabbits with two hits each. Henry Zipay tallied two of the Mavericks’ five hits.

Bell logged six innings with three strikeouts and two walks in a losing effort for Omaha.


Omaha 21, SDSU 15

South Dakota State third baseman Jordan Sagedahl homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, but Omaha struck for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win a 21-15 slugfest in Summit League baseball actoin Saturday afternoon at Tal Anderson Field.

Sagedahl, a senior from Olivia, Minnesota, gave SDSU the lead two batters into the game with a run-scoring triple that plated Reece Anderson. Sagedahl later scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead, but Omaha came back with two runs of its own in the home half of the opening frame, the first of which came on a Drew Lechnir home run.

SDSU continued to use the long ball in the back-and-forth affair, building a brief 4-2 lead on an Anderson solo homer in the second inning and an RBI single by Cade Stuff in the third. After Omaha regained the lead with a four-run bottom of the third inning, Sagedahl connected on a grand slam over the left-center field wall and Dawson Parry followed two batters later with his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot to left that gave the Jackrabbits a 9-6 lead.

The Jackrabbits gained their final lead of the game on a solo home run by Sagedahl in the sixth inning and SDSU scored two more runs later in the frame for a 12-9 advantage on a Luke Luskey run-scoring double and sacrifice fly by Jess Bellows.

Tyler Bishop hit his second two-run homer of the game for Omaha in the sixth inning, then tied the game at 15-all in the seventh inning with a two-run double. Bishop’s heroics came after Cael Frost and Parry delivered run-scoring singles in the top of the seventh, with Frost later scoring on a groundout.

Cardel Dick highlighted the Mavericks’ eight-run outburst with a bases-clearing, three-run double. Dick later scored on a sacrifice fly and Omaha added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Bishop ended the afternoon 6-for-6 with seven RBIs and six runs scored to pace the Mavericks’ 24-hit attack. Henry Zipay was 4-for-4.

For the Jackrabbits, Anderson, Sagedahl and Parry each notched three of SDSU’s 14 hits. Anderson and Sagedahl each scored four times.

Dylan Driessen, who also pitched in Friday night’s series opener, took the loss for the Jackrabbits after allowing six of the eight runs in the seventh inning. Six different pitchers went to the mound for SDSU on Saturday.

Omaha reliever Luke Gainer pitched the final four innings to pick up the win.


Omaha 10, SDSU 9

South Dakota State’s comeback bid in the late innings came up a run short as the Jackrabbits dropped the decisive game of a three-game Summit League baseball series against Omaha, 10-9, Sunday afternoon at Tal Anderson Field.

Omaha improved to 9-22 and 8-7 in The Summit League while the Jackrabbits dropped to 15-18 overall and 7-7 at the halfway mark of league play.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and built their advantage to 10-1 with a six-run fifth inning. Cardel Dick drove in four of the Omaha runs with a three-run home run in the first and run-scoring single in the fifth.

Matt Goetzmann hit a solo home run to open the Omaha scoring in the fifth and Trent Burkhalter added a two-run home run following a two-run double by Jackson Trout.

SDSU got on the board in the fourth inning on a Luke Luskey RBI double, then got the comeback rolling with a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Cade Stuff that plated Cael Frost.

In the seventh inning, Frost drove in a run with an RBI groundout and Dawson Parry followed with a bloop double down the right-field line that scored Reece Anderson to cut the margin to 10-4.

Anderson put the momentum firmly in the Jackrabbits’ dugout an inning later as he jumped on an offering from Gage Ingram and lined the pitch over the wall in left field for a grand slam, scoring Jess Bellows, Davis Carr and Bryce Ronken ahead of him. It was Anderson’s second home run of the series and third of the season.

The SDSU rally continued in the eighth as Luskey recorded his third hit of the game, a single to center field that scored Parry to make it a one-run game. However, Omaha summoned Luke Gainer from the bullpen to record the final five outs — two by strikeout — for the save. Gainer pitched the final four innings to earn the victory a day earlier.

Jake Goble took the loss after allowing eight runs — four earned — over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one. Andrew Clemons logged three shutout innings in which he did not allow a hit while walking three and striking out four.

Omaha starter Harrison Kreiling limited the Jackrabbits to two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking three.

SDSU held a 14-8 advantage in hits as Anderson joined Luskey with a three-hit performance. Frost, Bellows and Ronken each tallied two hits.