Baseball sweeps Bears



GREELEY, Colo. – Jesse Sawyer hit a pair of home runs to tie the South Dakota State career record Sunday afternoon, leading the Jackrabbits to a 9-1 victory and a series sweep of Northern Colorado at Jackson Field.

With their four-game series sweep, SDSU improved to 7-9 overall. UNC dropped to 1-11.

The Jackrabbits got off to another fast start, scoring four times in the top of the first inning. Zach Rhodes plated Andrew Phelan with the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly before Sawyer launched a three-run homer to left field.

Billy Stitz delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth inning before the Jackrabbits tacked on four more runs in the fifth. Eric Cain tripled in the first two runs of the frame and Sawyer followed with a two-run shot that was his fifth home run of the season and 43rd of his career, tying him atop the all-time Jackrabbit leaderboard with Greg Geary (2002-05).

Meanwhile, SDSU starter Kolton Emery held the Bears in check until the bottom of the sixth when Kevin Hurd produced a run-scoring single. Emery struck out one, walked one and scattered six hits over six innings as he improved to 2-1 on the season. Erik DeJong struck out three batters in two innings of work before Trever Vermeulen finished up with a scoreless ninth.

As a team, SDSU allowed seven runs in the four-game series.

The Jackrabbits rapped out 15 hits Sunday, including three each by Phelan and Beau Hanowski.

SDSU will have a week-long layoff before returning to action March 29 at Iowa.