Bison score five in the eighth inning against Omaha

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05/09/2021 | 13 o’clock

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FARGO, ND – For the second time in so many days, the North Dakota state baseball team staged a major rally in the eighth inning to beat Omaha as the bison scored five runs in the eighth inning for an 8-7 win over the Mavericks Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field.

The fifth straight win put the Bison to 32-13 overall and 17-9 in the Summit League, while the Mavericks fell to 18-19 overall and 10-8 in league play. The 32 victories represent the third highest in school history. NDSU has now scored four or more runs in the eighth inning or later in wins against Omaha this season, as the bisons have now won five of the seven meetings that go into the final regular season meeting between the two teams. The bison will host Omaha on Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field. The first place is planned for 1 p.m.

Six Bison had two hits in victory. Jack Simonsen drove in three runs while Tucker Rohde brought in a pair. Charley Hesse scored three runs. Ben Smith hadn’t made a decision on the hill in four innings, allowing six runs (five of which were earned) with seven hits and a walk while scoring one. Gabe Pilla hit five in three innings while walking three allowing one hit. Jake Drew improved to 4-0 in one inning of work from last year as he scored two hits and allowed one hit. Parker Harm took his seventh save of the year in the final inning and hit a strikeout.

Bennett Hostetler finished second in school history in games with 209 and fourth with 204 career starts. He also moved up in the top five with 140 runs. Harm ranks fourth in school history with 64 career appearances and sixth with 10 parades.

Will Busch started the scoring for the bison when he brought in Hessen with a sacrificial fly in the second inning. The Mavericks scored four runs in the third and two in the fourth and took a 6-1 lead. NDSU took the lead in game four when Zach Solano shot through the left side to bring in Hostetler. Omaha added another run on a base-laden walk in the sixth inning. At the end of sixth place, Simonsen drove to the left into the middle and drove in Hesse. In the eighth inning, Simonsen hit on the right to get Solano and Hessen. Peter Brookshaw then hit an infield single while a throwing error in the game allowed the runners to move up and score Busch. Rohde then played in the middle as Brookshaw and Simonsen scored a goal to give the bison the lead.

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