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Moore Sets SDSU Saves Mark In Split

JD Moore, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
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FARGO, ND — Closer J.D. Moore set a South Dakota State single-season record with his 11th save, preserving a 6-5 Jackrabbit victory over North Dakota State in the second game of a Summit League baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

The two teams split the doubleheader as the Bison rallied for an 11-10 victory in the opener. SDSU moved to 15-7 in league play and 30-18 overall, reaching the 30-win mark for the third time in the last four seasons. NDSU ended the day 20-25 overall and 7-13 in The Summit League.

In the opener, NDSU took advantage of two Jackrabbit errors to build a 3-0, first-inning lead. Tim Colwell led off with a double, advanced to third on a base hit by Wes Satzinger and scored on a groundout. The final two runs were unearned after a pair of infield miscues.

The Jackrabbits scored all of their runs in a marathon second inning, sending 15 batters to the plate. Paul Jacobson and Daniel Marra  walked to open the frame, with Jacobson later scoring on a double to center field by Aaron Machbitz. Reid Clary then followed with his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field that gave SDSU a 4-3 lead. Scott Splett upped the lead to 5-3 before a wild pitch and consecutive bases-loaded walks to Machbitz and Clary pushed the advantage to Andrew Melton capped the scoring with a two-run single. SDSU was the beneficiary of eight bases on balls in the inning, adding four hits.

However, the Jackrabbits and starter Chad Hodges were unable to make the lead stand as the Bison scored five times in the second inning and tied the game at 10-all with a pair of runs in the third. Blake Turbak doubled in the first two runs of the NDSU second inning, with John Skrbec adding a two-run triple later in the frame. Wes Satzinger and Kyle Kleinendorst plated the third-inning runs with doubles.

Skrbec gave the Bison the lead for good, leading off the fourth inning with a home run to right center against reliever Talon Jumper.

SDSU loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings, but failed to score. The Jackrabbits stranded 10 runners in the game.

Jake Heck pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory for NDSU. Kyle Kingsley pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to record his seventh save of the season.

Six of the Bison’s 10 hits in the game went for extra bases. Satzinger was 3-for-4, while Skrbec and Tim Colwell each collected a pair of hits.

Machbitz and Eric Danforth each tallied two of SDSU’s nine hits.

The Jackrabbits got off to a quick start in Game 2, scoring twice in the top of the first inning on RBI singles by Danforth and Daniel Telford.

NDSU cracked the scoring column on an RBI single by Andy Wicklund in the second inning and gained a 3-2 lead against Jackrabbit starter Joe Erickson in the third inning on a run-scoring single by Turbak and sacrifice fly by Skrbec.

The Bison pushed the lead to 4-2 in the fourth inning as Nick Altavilla delivered a run-scoring single.

SDSU regained the lead at 6-4 with a four-run, two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning. Machbitz doubled in the first run of the inning and scored on a base hit by Clary. After walks to Melton and Al Robbins, Danforth broke the tie with a two-run single through the right side.

NDSU pulled back to within a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Turbak and placed the tying run on base in the eighth before Moore entered with one out. After giving up a hit that put runners at the corners, Moore kept the Bison from scoring the tying run by getting the next two hitters out via a strikeout and groundout.

A sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, Moore worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to strike out the side for his record-setting save. The previous Jackrabbit single-season save mark of 10 was set by All-American Trever Vermeulen in both 2010 and 2011.

Shane Kraemer, who pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-run relief, was credited with his third victory of the season. The senior left-hander struck out five batters, combining with Erickson and Moore for 13 total punchouts.

Danforth and Jacobson each posted two of SDSU’s eight hits. Turbak led NDSU’s 14-hit attack with three hits.

The Jackrabbits close out the Summit League regular season with a four-game series Thursday through Saturday at league-leading Omaha. The Mavericks hold a two-game lead over SDSU, meaning the Jackrabbits will have to win three games to earn a share of the title or sweep the four-game set to win an outright championship.

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Courtesy:  South Dakota State University

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