If there’s anything to learn from the last few days of UND baseball at Kraft Field, it’s don’t leave early. North Dakota’s latest ninth-inning drama was unique. When the bizarre finish unfolded, North Dakota pulled out a 4-3 non-conference victory over South Dakota State on Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS — UND received a strong pitching performance from Tyler Ruemmele in the opener and capitalized on a five-run eighth inning in the nightcap to sweep North Dakota State on Saturday at the Metrodome.
UND won 8-2 and 7-4 to improve to 9-9-1 on the season. NDSU dropped to 12-11.
Houston Baptist chased UND starting pitcher Ben Clark after just a third of an inning, racking up six runs on the lefty en route to a 13-8 victory in a loser-out game at the Great West Conference tournament.
UND freshman pitcher Andrew Thome delivered another big-game performance for the Sioux on Tuesday. Thome threw a two-hit shutout, leading UND past New Jersey Institute of Technology 1-0 in the opening game of the Great West Conference baseball tournament.
UND pitcher Andrew Thome’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings ended at 24 on Friday afternoon, but the unexpected power of second baseman Michael Anastasi kept the freshman hurler on a winning roll. Anastasi’s first career home run high into the wind in the seventh inning lifted the Sioux to a 3-2 win over Houston Baptist in the opener of a four-game Great West Conference series at Kraft Field.
UND pitcher Andrew Thome walked out of the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon onto the artificial turf at Kraft Field to warm up for a bullpen session.
Despite a frame of 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Thome’s appearance doesn’t exactly strike fear into his opponents. The innocent exterior is misleading. The freshman from St. Cloud, Minn., is becoming one of the toughest and most feared young pitchers in Division I baseball.
The celebration was tempered Tuesday when the UND baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally to a win over South Dakota State. Sioux senior Kyle Bolander — who was 3-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in against the Jacks — fell to the artificial turf rounding first base on a sharp ninth-inning drive to the gap that should have been extra bases.
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