Five Run Fifth Inning lifts Bison past Jackrabbits, 8-3

BROOKINGS, SD — The North Dakota State baseball team scored five runs in the fifth inning to edge South Dakota State, 8-3, Friday afternoon at Erv Huether Field.

After the two teams battled for four scoreless innings, NDSU (24-13, 12-4 Summit) came alive in the fifth with five runs on six hits. Druw Sackett opened the frame by blasting a two RBI double down center left to make it 2-0. Peter Brookshaw followed up with a double RBI from his own left center to increase the lead to 3-0. Logan Williams and Cadyn Schwabe ended the big inning after they both connected on RBI singles down the left to push the lead to 5-0.

Brookshaw kept the momentum going with an RBI single in center field to extend the lead to 6-0 in the sixth. The Jackrabbits (16-18, 7-6 Summit) pushed back in the bottom half with a run after an RBI brace off the bat from Drew Beazley. Williams added insurance for NDSU in the eighth with a two RBI single on the left to extend the lead to 8-1. SDSU made a final push in the ninth after Beazley fired a two RBI homer at left, but Skyler Riedinger closed the frame with a strikeout to help secure the 8-3 victory.

The NDSU totaled 14 hits as a team, with Brookshaw going 3 of 5 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs. Sackett also had 3 of 5 with two RBIs and a run, while Williams added a record three RBIs with two hits and a run.

Max Love (6-4) has thrown seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings with one walk. It was his seventh game this season with four or more strikeouts. Riedinger finished the final 2.0 inning with two strikeouts.

NDSU will be back in action tomorrow against South Dakota State. The first pitch is set at 1:00 p.m.

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