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College baseball: UMD splits two; CSS, UWS finish Florida trips

Mar. 16—SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Minnesota Duluth rallied from 5-0 down early to salvage the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday and earn its second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference baseball split with Sioux Falls in as many days.

UMD lost the opening game of the day 6-5 on a walk-off single.

The Bulldogs were down 5-0 through four innings of the second game when Henry Bushey hit a solo homer. Oran Hinkle added an RBI single in the next inning but the Bulldogs didn't take control until the top of the seventh and final inning, in which they scored seven runs on four hits, four walks and two errors.

A wild pitch allowed Jake Puder to score the tying run, then was followed by a bases-loaded walk to Michael Gabbard. Kade Peloquin singled in two unearned runs after an error in the outfield. The Bulldogs gave up a walk and a two-run homer to start the bottom of the seventh but got out of the inning with just one more single.

Hayden Brown earned the win as the last of four Bulldogs pitchers after throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

UMD trailed 5-3 through six innings of the opener before Peloquin tied it on a two-run homer. In the ninth, USF moved a leadoff single to third with back-to-back sacrifices before Dane Small's game-winning hit.

Joe Gizzi took the loss for UMD at the end of 4 1/3 innings of relief in which he allowed the one run and three hits.

UMD (8-9, 4-4), which has split all four NSIC doubleheaders this season, will return to Sioux Falls for a four-game weekend series vs. Augustana starting with a single game on Friday.

* Wisconsin-Superior's spring break trip started well but ended roughly, as the Yellowjackets won their first two games, then dropped their next six.

On Sunday, March 10, UWS swept a doubleheader from Concordia-Moorhead 4-2 and 4-1. Zach Romans was one out short of a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game before Declan Higgi got a strikeout to get UWS out of a jam. Three UWS pitchers held the Cobbers to four hits in the second game.

On Monday, UWS dropped a 7-4 decision to Wisconsin-Stout despite a 4-for-5 game from Noah Dagostino. The next day, Beloit edged UWS 3-2 on a walk-off single in the ninth. Brian O'Dwyer was 2-for-3 with a two-run double that served as the Yellowjackets' scoring.

On Thursday, Dickinson dominated both ends of a doubleheader, 7-0 and 10-1. Friday's game was a 14-12 slugfest loss to Stockton. Though UWS fell behind 10-0 after four innings, a six-run eighth made it 13-10. The Yellowjackets scored two more runs in the ninth inning and had the tying run on the basepaths with one out but couldn't even it up. Trey Sybrant was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, while Will Czech was 3-for-4 with three runs driven in.

The trip concluded with an 8-4 loss to William Paterson. The Yellowjackets led 3-0 early, but gave up six runs over the last three innings. Payton Steiner was 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI triple.

UWS takes a 5-8 record into the conference season, which begins on Friday with the first of three Upper Midwest Athletic Conference games at Northland.

* In their first season under new head coach Brooks Repking, St. Scholastica's baseball team is off to a roaring start.

The Saints' March trip to the Russmatt Invitational in Davenport, Fla., featured nine wins, many of them lopsided, in 10 games.

After falling 10-0 to Roger Williams in their first game on March 8, CSS defeated Suffolk 4-3 in nine innings, then beat Lakeland 11-5 on Saturday, March 9. The Saints roughed up Maine-Farmington 15-3 and 15-0 on March 10, then won a single game over SUNY Canton 21-4. On Wednesday, the Saints swept a doubleheader from Curry 10-1 and 7-2, and on Thursday routed Principia 12-2.

St. Scholastica rounded out the trip with a 7-5 win over Wisconsin-Stout on Friday.

Including one win at Wade Stadium the Saints were able to schedule on Feb. 26, the Saints are 10-1 on the young season.Adam Braun is hitting .563 (18-for-32) to lead the Saints, while Jake Schelonka has six home runs, six doubles and 22 RBIs in 39 at-bats.

On the pitching side, Grant Taival and T.J. Martin have two wins apiece, while Matt Forrest has a 2.70 earned-run average in 13 1/3 innings, including 11 strikeouts, while Schelonka has fanned a team co-leading 15.

Back up north, CSS will play two at Concordia-Wisconsin on March 20 before opening its Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference slate at Carleton on March 30. The Saints play their first MIAC game at Wade Stadium vs. Concordia-Moorhead on Wednesday, April 3.