BROOKINGS, S.D. – Daniel Telford’s three-run home run to cap a five-run fifth inning lifted South Dakota State to a 5-4 win in the opener, and North Dakota State scored three unearned runs en route to a 3-1 victory in Game 2 as the two squads split a Summit League baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Erv Huether Field. In thr opener, Chad Hodges retired all six batters he faced over two innings, including three on strikeouts, to record his second save of the season. Jackrabbit starter Stephen Bougher improved to 3-1 on the season as he worked the first five innings. The senior right-hander struck out six, walked three and surrendered seven hits. Both teams had 7 hits in the first game. In Game 2, the game was scoreless until three Jackrabbit errors in the top of the seventh opened the floodgates for North Dakota State. Kolton Emery was the hard-luck loser for the Jackrabbits. In six-plus innings the junior right-hander did not allow an earned run, striking out four and walking two. The Jackrabbits moved to 13-11 overall and 1-2 in The Summit League. NDSU ended the day 14-12 overall and 2-1 in league play. The two teams are scheduled to play the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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