Joe Karlik tossed a complete game to help SUU earn the win
SUU Strategic Communications

Thunderbirds Take 4-1 Decision at NDSU

May 06, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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FARGO, N.D., May 6 –Senior right hander Joe Karlik allowed just one unearned run while tossing a complete game to help Southern Utah come away with a 4-1 win at North Dakota State on Sunday. The Thunderbirds captured the final two games of a four game set with Summit League leading Bison to split the weekend series.

SUU got on the board first in the finale when David Headley hit an RBI triple to right center to drive in Brad Royer from second base in the third inning. The score remained 1-0 in favor of Southern Utah until they increased their advantage with three more runs in the top of the sixth.

Headley gave the T-Birds a base runner with an infield single and then advanced to second on hit by Chase Rezac. He then came around to score as right fielder Marcus Romero drove an RBI double to left center and Mitchell Kauweloa made it four consecutive hits for Southern Utah with an RBI single that brought in Rezac. Kevin Kline would provide the final run of the inning with a sac fly RBI to push the margin to 4-0.

The Bison appeared to have a chance at a rally after putting runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, but Karlik induced three straight fly balls to surrender just one run on a sacrifice RBI for Nick Colwell to help SUU maintain the lead and eventually hold on for the 4-1 victory.

Karlik allowed just seven hits while going the distance for Southern Utah to even his record at 2-2. NDSU starter Zach Wentz was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings to fall to 1-4 this season.

Headley and Romero each went 2-for-4 with and RBI and a run scored in the win while Colwell’s sac fly accounted for the Bison’s only score of the game.

SUU moves one step closer to securing a postseason tournament bid as it improves its Summit League record to 9-6 to go along with an overall mark of 15-28. The Bison are now 11-5 in conference play and 35-13 for the year.

Southern Utah will play its final nonconference game this week when the Thunderbirds travel to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars this Tuesday at 6 p.m. SUU will then return to Cedar City for its final homestand as it is set to host South Dakota State in a four-game series this upcoming weekend.