North Dakota State Edges SUU 2-0
Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
Release: 05/04/2012
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FARGO, N.D., May 4 –Southern Utah was held scoreless while being narrowly edged by a final score of 2-0 it is series opener at North Dakota State Friday night. The Bison were able to improve their Summit League leading record to 10-3 (34-11) on the year while the Thunderbirds remain in the fourth position with a mark of 7-5 (13-27).

The game remained without a run over the first five innings as both teams combined stingy defensive play with solid pitching to keep each other off the board. Southern Utah appeared to have a good opportunity to take the first advantage in the top of the fifth after Justin Neuhart hit a lead off single and then advanced when Chaisson Low singled through the left side to give the Thunderbirds runners on first and second with just one out. The Bison were able retire the next two batters however to get out of the inning with the score still even at nothing for either side.

The following inning it would be NDSU who was able to record the game’s opening scorer after Tim Colwell led off the inning with a double down the left field line and eventually reached home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Zach Wentz. The North Dakota State Bison then drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to push the margin to two runs.

Southern Utah made one last attempt at a rally in the top of the eighth after Tariq Staton reached safely on an error and David Headley hit a single through the left side to put runners on first and second with just one out. The Bison were able to come up with back-to-back outs again however to escape unscathed and eventually held on for the 2-0 victory.

North Dakota State starter John Straka (7-2) struck out eight while recording his third complete game shutout of the season for the Bison. Wentz drove in both runs for the home team which were scored by Colwell and Max Casper.

Chase Rezac (2-7) went all eight innings for SUU without surrendering a walk and allowed just two earned runs on six hits. Senior first baseman Mitchell Kauweloa had two of the Thunderbirds six hits in the game.

The two teams will continue their weekend series with a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. (MT)
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