Solid bounce back for Jacks in win over UND


There’s been a theme for the Jackrabbits at home this season: tough on Tuesday, win on Wednesday.

For the second week in a row, SDSU rebounded from a less-than-stellar showing on a Tuesday and followed it up with a Wednesday win over North Dakota, 12-6 at Erv Huether Field. The Jackrabbits dropped a 6-1 decision the day before against NDSU in Brookings. Last week, SDSU gritted out a 3-1 win over Mount Marty before following it up with a well-played 3-1 victory over Minnesota.

The Jackrabbits (12-20-1) scored in four of the first five innings, capped with five runs in the fifth frame and building a 12-3 lead. North Dakota (4-25) got on the board in the first inning with a run, only to see SDSU even the game up when Zach Rhodes scored on a Cain fielders’ choice. SDSU tacked on a three in the second inning and never trailed from there.

“Before the game, we talked about two things that we wanted to focus on, one being that we want to be more consistent and, two, we wanted to take out some of our frustrations today,” SDSU head coach Dave Schrage said.

Shortstop Eric Cain led the Jackrabbits with four runs batted in and his middle infield-mate Andrew Phelan added three RBIs of his own. UND walked SDSU 10 times in the game and committed three errors, helping the Jacks to the win.

“We’ve been steady and we just need to be a little bit more consistent,” Cain said. ”We’re right there.”

Kolton Emery started for the Jackrabbits and pitched one inning with SDSU trying to save his arm for the weekend’s series against NDSU. SDSU used six more pitchers with Nick Young pitching innings two, three and four for his first win of the season. Schrage was also impressed with the work of Marcus Heemstra, Shane Kraemer and Deon Entringer out of the pen.

The Jackrabbits open the four-game series against the Bison Friday at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, N.D. Both teams are 2-2 in the Summit League.

“Baseball is a mind game and I don’t think our guys are in a bad spot mentally,” Cain said. “We have a huge series this weekend and it’s a rivalry. Hopefully we will play better than we did Tuesday and can build on that.”