North Dakota State Tops Baseball, 5-1
March 11, 2013
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - North Dakota State scored three runs off two hits and three Navy errors in the top of the second inning en route to a 5-1 win over the Midshipmen on Monday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla. Bison starter Trevor Jaunich scattered five hits over eight complete innings and struck out four to earn the win.
Navy's three errors came in the top second inning as North Dakota State took advantage to grab a 3-0 lead. Tim Colwell had one of two hits in the frame and made it 3-0 with a two-RBI single. The Mids were able to get one run back in the bottom of the inning with a sac fly by Jonathan Huggins to deep left-center field that nearly dropped.
Navy starting pitcher Johnny Schoberl navigated around a walk and a hit batter in the top of the fourth, stranding a pair of runners to keep the game 3-1. But in the fifth, an RBI double by Kirk Kenneally extended the Bison lead to 4-1. A wild pitch later allowed Kenneally to score, making it a 5-1 game.
"I thought Johnny battled and kept us in the game," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We had a lot of chances to still come back in the game and credit to Jaunich, he did a good job of keeping us down and they were able to expand the lead."
Jaunich didn't surrender a hit until the third inning when he gave up a pair of singles and got into a bases-loaded jam. Jaunich eluded any damage though as he got Dave Milanes to pop out to second base and end the threat.
In the fifth inning, Jaunich again yielded two singles, but stranded both runners as Greg Dupell flied out to right field to end the frame. NDSU reliever Kyle Kingsley pitched a scoreless ninth inning, also stranding a pair of runners.
Joel Rinehart replaced Schoberl in the fifth and held the Bison to just one hit in his 3.1 innings of work. He also struck out one and didn't issue a walk.
"Joel had a solid outing and we've just got to bounce back tomorrow and be ready to go," said Kostacopoulos.
Navy will face Valparaiso tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.