Bison Open Weekend with double header sweep from Omaha
05/08/2021 | 14 o’clock
FARGO, ND – The state of North Dakota scored four runs to win the 8-7 win in the eighth inning of the opener before knocking out Omaha 2-0 in a nightcap and a double-header sweep on the opening day of a Summit League baseball series in Newman scored Outdoor Field Friday.
The bison improved to 31-13 overall and 16-9 in the Summit League, while Omaha fell to 18-18 overall and 10-7 in league play. NDSU was in the league placement ahead of Omaha in second place, six games were still on the program for NDSU. NDSU’s 31 wins rank fourth in program history, while its 16 Summit League wins are the second highest in school history. The third game in the four-game series is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field.
Jake Malec, Bennett Hostetler, Jack Simonsen and Calen Schwabe each had two hits in the opener, while Hostetler drove in pairs. It was the 20th game of the season for Malec. Hostetler set a school record by being hit by a pitch for the 48th time in his career while becoming the sixth player in school history with over 900 chances on the field.
Tristen Roehrich had no decision on the hill as he pitched four innings. Roehrich allowed five runs with seven hits while scoring five hits and leaving three. Zach Smith knocked out three and went one to three innings. Gabe Pilla improved to 4-1 on the hill when he scored the win in an inning. Pilla knocked out one and allowed two runs with three hits. Parker Harm closed the door in ninth place for the sixth time this year, knocking out all three batters he faced. Harm was fourth with his 63rd career appearance and sixth in school history with nine parades.
Schwabe combined the game with an RBI single in the middle in the second inning, before Omaha expanded the lead to 4-1 in the third and 5-1 in the fourth. RBI singles from Malec in fourth and Zach Solano and Simonsen in fifth reduced the lead to 5-4. The Mavericks added two runs in run eight before NDSU took the lead in the lower part of the inning. Hostetler started the evaluation with a base-loaded single-to-right field, which Malec and Schwabe brought in. Peter Brookshaw scored a goal from Tucker Rohde on the right field line before Hostetler fired the starting gun for a sacrificial flight by Charley Hesse.
Hostetler was 3: 3 on the plate in the nightcap, while Malec had the only other goal for NDSU. It was the 20th multi-hit game of the season for Hostetler, while his 206th career hit also took him fifth in school history. Max Loven tossed the first full game of his career when he allowed four hits and five walks in seven innings while scoring three hits. Loven improved to 2-0 compared to the previous year.
Malec scored the first run of the game in the first inning when Rohde made the choice of an outfield player. Hostetler added an insurance run in the fifth on a wild place.