MSU Baseball splits doubleheader against Northern State on Thursday

Minnesota State baseball split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against Northern State at Fossum Field on Thursday. Minnesota State won the first game 5-4 in eight innings before dropping the second game 2-0 in a scheduled seven-inning contest.

Senior right-hander Dalton Roach became the winningest pitcher in program history when he earned his 30th career victory in game one. The win broke a tie with Jason Hoppe (2011-14), who had 29 wins in his Maverick career. Roach is now 30-5 overall at Minnesota State.

With the loss in game two, the Mavericks’ winning streak ended at 15 games.

Minnesota State is now (25-8 (20-4 NSIC) and Northern State is 10-14 (3-9 NSIC).

GAME 1 – Minnesota State 5, Northern State 4 (8 Innings)

Dalton Roach pitched an eight-inning complete game and the Maverick offense took advantage of defensive miscues by the Wolves in a 5-4 win in game one.

Roach (8-0) moved into first place in program history in career wins with his 30th victory. The senior right-hander was getting strikeouts in bunches. Eleven of the first 12 outs he recorded came via the strikeout. Roach went on to tie his career high for strikeouts in a game with 14, while walking two. On the day, he limited the Wolves to four runs (three earned) on four hits over eight innings in a 109-pitch effort.

The game included four lead changes. Minnesota State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the Wolves scored twice in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Mavericks then scored one run in the fourth and two in the top of the fifth to go up 4-2. However, the Wolves plated a single run in their half of the fifth inning to tie the game at 4-4. The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning when junior right fielder Tyler Berg drove in what turned out to be the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Mavericks took advantage of two errors by the Wolves to score two unearned runs, including the decisive run.

Berg led the Mavericks in hits with a 2-of-3 performance, while also drawing a walk. Berg and junior left fielder Tom Imholte, who went 1-of-2 with a walk, drove in two runs each. Sophomore second baseman Teddy Petersen, who was 1-of-2 with a walk, led the Mavericks in runs scored (2).

Luke Chevalier(3-3) was the pitcher of record on the short end, allowing one unearned run on no hits over 2 2/3 innings in relief. Chevalier struck out three and walked none. Thomas Sertic started for the Wolves and received a no-decision — allowing one earned run on three hits over three innings. Sertic walked one and struck out two.

The Mavericks held an 8-4 edge in hits.

GAME 2 – Northern State 2, Minnesota State 0 (7 Innings)

The Mavericks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the seventh inning, but were unable to get a hit and lost game two, 2-0.

Senior left-hander Aaron Rozek (5-2) was hard luck loser for the Mavericks. He limited the Wolves to two earned runs on seven hits in a six-inning complete game. Rozek struck out seven without surrendering a walk in a 90-pitch performance.

The Wolves’ runs, which both came in the fifth inning, were scored on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single.

The Maverick offense was unable to get anything going for much of the game — managing two hits and five walks. The Wolves’ Holt Hunziker walked the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, but senior center fielder Josh Wenzel grounded into a fielder’s choice and Hunziker escaped with his third save of the season.

Senior shortstop Luke Waldek and sophomore second baseman Teddy Petersen each had one hit in the game for the Mavericks.

Andrew Nichols (1-0) was credited with the victory after pitching two scoreless innings with one strikeout in relief, while holding the Mavericks to one hit.

The Mavericks continue NSIC Play with a four-game series against St. Cloud State this weekend.

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