Jackrabbits end losing streak

Travis Kriens

Travis Kriens

SDSU took two out of three games over the weekend from Northern Colorado to snap an eight-game losing streak by scores of 24-7, 9-7 and losing the final game 6-13.

The Jacks (7-16) took advantage of the thin Colorado air as five players-Nick Adams, Tim Hanigan, Tyson Fisher, Craig Parry and Tony Martin-had home runs and 11 different players recorded hits. Six runs in the first inning followed by one in the second and two more in the third put the game away early for SDSU. Third baseman Parry hit for the cycle, going four of seven, with all four of his RBI’s coming on a grand slam in the ninth inning. Catcher Martin had a game-high five hits with three of his four RBI’s courtesy of a first-inning homerun. Pitcher Zach Weber recorded his first win as a Jackrabbit, pitching 1 and 1/3 innings and surrendering only two hits.

“This year’s team offensively is as good as any team we have had,” head coach Reggie Christiansen said.

The first game of March 29’s double header did not get off to the same blistering start as on March 28, but the result was the same. The Bears held a 3-0 lead before an Adams’ single drove in two runs to put the Jacks on the board. A pair of Northern Colorado errors later in the inning gave the Jacks a 4-3 lead. SDSU would find themselves behind 6-4 going into the seventh before they would break out for five runs and take control of the game. Fisher would hit his second home run in as many days in the inning to seal a Jackrabbit victory. Jared Koch (2-1) picked up the win, with Kirby Morsching pitching a scoreless eight and ninth for his second save of the season.

The Jacks could not complete the sweep of the Bears (8-19) as five runs in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie and put Northern Colorado up for good. Fisher hit a homerun in every game of the series to increase his team’s lead to five, and it was enough to earn Summit League Co-Player of the Week

The Jacks were scheduled to play their first home and Summit League games of the season against Centenary this weekend. Due to the winter weather, the games have been moved to Omaha, Neb. The 2:05 p.m. game on April 4 will be followed by a double header on April 5 with the series concluding on April 6.