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Bison, Grizzlies Split Baseball Doubleheader

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: May 12, 2012
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FARGO, N.D. - Nick Colwell and Nick Anderson drove in three runs each to lead North Dakota State to a 12-7 win over Oakland in the first game of a Summit League baseball doubleheader Saturday, May 12, at Newman Outdoor Field.

Tim Ryan was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Jason Hager pitched 6 1/3 innings to lead Oakland to a 7-6 win in the nightcap.  Closer Russell Luxton got a ground-ball double play to end the game with the tying run at third base.

North Dakota State (36-15, 12-7) jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the third inning of the opener. Colwell hit a three-run double into the left field corner to break a 1-1 tie, and Anderson hit a two-run double to cap NDSU's five-run second inning.

Oakland (21-27, 12-4) gained some momentum for the second game with a three-run ninth. Nolan Jacoby and Trent Drumheller delivered back-to-back RBI singles before a pair of Kyle Kingsley strikeouts ended the game.

NDSU starter David Ernst got the win in the opener with five innings of work.  Ernst allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with three walks and no strikeouts and upped his record to 5-0 on the season.

Oakland starter Hayden Fox was the losing pitcher, alloweing nine runs, four earned, on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts in four innings of work.  Fox dropped to 1-6 on the season.

NDSU trailed 2-0 in the second game before going ahead with a four-run second inning.  The Bison put six straight men on base including RBI singles by John Skrbec and Max Casper, and a two-run single from Tim Colwell.

The Golden Grizzlies put their first five batters on base to start a five-run fourth inning, and Hager faced the minimum in the third through sixth innings before NDSU threatened in the seventh.

Skrbec doubled down the right-field line and scored on Kyle Kleinendorst's single to right center, and Casper singled to put runners on the corners and chase Hager from the game.

Tim Colwell greeted Luxton with an 0-1 single to score Kleinendorst and make it 7-6, but Luxton got Nick Colwell to ground to shortstop where Bobolts turned the 6-3 double play with Casper representing the tying run at third.

Casper was 2-for-2, Skrbec was 2-for-3 and Tim Colwell was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the second game for NDSU.  Starting pitcher Luke Anderson allowed seven runs, five earned, with eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts.  Anderson dropped to 8-3 with the loss.

North Dakota State and Oakland close out the four-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

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