Baseball winning streak comes to an end at home

The South Dakota State baseball team had their home conference opener derailed by weather last Friday, and found themselves playing a doubleheader against the University of Nebraska-Omaha this Saturday.

In game one, Omaha took the lead with a six-run seventh inning and scored 16 runs over the final three innings in earning a 19-6 victory.

SDSU starter Andrew Clemen took the loss after allowing six runs on 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Luke Ringhofer, Matt Johnson, Newt Johnson and Cody Sharrow each had two of SDSU’s 11 hits. Omaha ended the game with 22 hits.

Omaha carried its offensive momentum into the second game of the twinbill, racing out to a 7-0 lead through two innings en route to the 10-3 win.

The Mavericks again put together a two-out rally to put up four runs in the top of the first against Jackrabbit starter Ethan Kenkel and knocked him off the mound in the second inning, scoring three more times.

Those losses broke a 5-game winning streak by the Jacks.

In game three on Sunday, SDSU got back into the win column with a 9-4 victory. Ryan Froom pitched six solid innings, the offense struck for six runs in the sixth innings and reliever Greg Casper earned his second save of the season for the Jacks.

Finally, on Tuesday, the Jacks fell 7-3 at the University of Minnesota after being limited to four total hits on the day. Despite the low hit total, the Jacks were still able to get three runs across in the sixth inning.

SDSU starter Austin Kost was replaced after allowing two runs on four hits, but reliever Bryce Hanson fared worse, getting shelled for five earned runs on four hits in his three innings of work.

Trailing 6-0, Skyler Wenninger got on after being hit by a pitch, then advanced to second after Ringhofer walked. A single by Paul Jacobson brought Wenninger home, then a 2-RBI double by Matt Johnson scored both Ringhofer and Jacobson.

The Jacks are now 11-21 on the season, but eight of those wins have come in the 14 games. They face Creighton in Omaha on Wednesday before coming home for a weekend series with North Dakota State that start on Friday at 3 p.m. at Erv Huether Field.