North Dakota State Holds Off Army, 8-7

Jon Crucitti

Jon Crucitti

March 16, 2013

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Kyle Kleinendorst went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, and Tim Colwell was 1-for-2 with three RBI as North Dakota State defeated Army, 8-7, in a non-league baseball game Saturday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium.

The Bison (8-8) scored five runs in the second inning to assume an early lead, but had to hold off the Black Knights (4-9) in the late innings to earn the win.

David Ernst (3-2) collected the victory on the mound for North Dakota State after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks over six innings. Simon Anderson earned his second save of the season, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Army starter Brock Davidson (1-1) was tagged with the loss after permitting eight runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.

Jon Crucitti went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to pace the Black Knights' offense. Daniel Cortes finished 1-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored.

Army took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to RBI singles by Alex Jensen and Patrick Mescher. Crucitti led off the game with a double and he advanced to third base when Cortes grounded out. Jensen then singled to drive in Crucitti, and Mescher followed with a base hit to deliver Jensen with the second run of the frame.

The Black Knights made it 3-0 in the top of the second on Cortes' RBI ground out. Dakari Cooke walked to open the inning, moved to second base when Crucitti put down a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Cortes bounced out to shortstop.

North Dakota State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs on four hits to establish a 5-3 advantage. Kleinendorst's three-run double highlighted NDSU's uprising, which gave the Bison a lead it never relinquished.

A sacrifice fly by Colwell in the bottom of the fourth increased North Dakota State's lead to 6-3, and the Bison added two more runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-3.

Army rallied with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh inning to trim NDSU's lead to 8-7. Cooke walked and Crucitti singled to begin the uprising, and Cortes delivered an RBI single to pull the Black Knights to within 8-4. Jensen then put down a sacrifice bunt and Mescher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Consecutive run-scoring singles by Harold Earls and Jacob Page made it 8-6, and Justin Reece's RBI ground out capped the rally.

Army was unable to complete its comeback attempt, however, as Anderson did not allow a hit in his outing.

The Black Knights close out their trip to Florida later today (March 16) when they face Dartmouth at 6 p.m.

Game Notes: Army falls to 0-1 all-time versus North Dakota State ... Justin Reece posted his first career RBI.

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