RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. (KWSN) – The University of Sioux Falls baseball team (3-2) won both ends of a double-header today in Russellville (Ark.) against the William Jewell College Cardinals (1-4).
The Cougars won both games, which were played at Tech Field, home of the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, by the score of 2-1.
Thanks in large part to senior Derek Fischer's complete-game gem, the Cougars held on for the 2-1 win in the opener.
Making his second start of the season, Fischer (1-0) pitched a five-hitter for his third career complete game victory against William Jewell College. Cardinal Sam Morman doubled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, scoring the leadoff batter who had reached on an error and ending a string of 24 consecutive scoreless innings for Fischer against William Jewell.
Fischer ended the threat with his eighth and final strikeout and put the Cardinals down 1-2-3 in the ninth after a lead-off hit by pitch to close out the victory.
The contest had been scoreless through five innings, thanks to brilliant pitching by both Fischer and William Jewell starter David Collins, who combined to give up five hits throughthe first five frames.
Sioux Falls centerfielder Noah Durkin also helped out defensively with his arm, recording four putouts. Durkin didn't limit his contributions to the outfield, either. He helped USF plate its first run in the sixth by ripping a two-out RBI single to left field, scoring Gunner Peterson, who singled to lead off the frame and had advanced to third on a sacrifice from Ryan Fobes 7. 2
USF added the game-winning tally in the top of the seventh. Jordan Jeske tapped an infield single before Austin Goodenow belted the first pitch he saw to right field to put Cougars at the corners with one out. Eight-hole hitter Dylan Dwyer followed with an expertly placed sacrifice bunt to score Jeske.
Collins nearly matched Fischer 's stellar performance. The redshirt junior also went the distance, struck out four and surrendered two runs on eights hits with no walks.
Durkin and Jeske both went 2-for-4 at the plate.
A trio of Cougar pitchers combined to pitch a four-hitter in USF’s 2-1 nightcap win. Freshman southpaw Elijah Thornquist threw five solid innings, allowing just one hit and picking up a pair of K’s before handing the ball off to Henry Ojeda.
Sophomore Trevor Crow broke up the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning with a solo shot over the left-field fence. The Cardinals matched in their half of the sixth, when Coleman Waheed drilled the first pitch he saw out of the ballpark to tie the game at 1-1.
Unselfish play was key in the win. Fobes kicked off the ninth with a double to left field and Durkin chopped a ground ball to the outfield to put runners at first and third with no outs. After Trevor Crow grounded out to third, the Cardinals intentionally walked Jeremy Varner to load the bases and set up the potential double play with Dwyer coming to the plate. The Cougars’ catcher played the hero once again, ripping a line drive single to score Fobes and put USF in front 2-1.
The Cardinal side was retired in the ninth Torontian Connor Gibson (1-0), who tossed the final three innings to earn his first collegiate win.
USF racked up nine hits in the game, with Dwyer and Durkin finishing with two hits apiece. Crow went 1-for-4 with one RBI.
USF and William Jewell will play another double-header tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.
Courtesy: University of Sioux Falls