Win streak continues

UND was able to continue its streak of good baseball against WAC rivals Chicago State last weekend.

North Dakota looked to keep the bats flying, winning by a score of 6-4.

Senior outfielder Sam Alt was put into the leadoff position and took advantage of it by accounting for three of UND’s 12 hits.

Junior infielders Jeff Campbell and Dalton Leuschke each had two hits and two RBI’s, while senior outfielder Tyler Follis and freshman catcher Brett Harrison each had two hits, respectively.

UND coach Jeff Dodson showed much praise for his hitters after the game.

“I thought we swung the bats pretty well,” Dodson said. “We talked a little bit about approach, what we were going to do and we had some guys that came through.”

Pitcher Andrew Thome gave the Green and White a solid outing. His final line read with him tossing 7.2 innings allowing only two runs on six hits while also striking out four and walking one. Campbell then came in to secure the win for the squad.

Campbell was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We had a big win on Monday, and coming out here winning today is huge,” he said.

UND continued its streak into Saturday, winning a nail-bitter by a score of 2-1.

Sophomore pitcher Zach Muckenhirn was lights out for North Dakota, giving a brilliant outing. He finished the game with eight innings pitched and allowed a run on seven hits while recording five punch outs.

“It’s exciting to win the series,” Muckenhirn said. “As the season goes on, we’re looking to get into that tournament.”

Dodson said North Dakota has a strong push toward the playoffs.

“After the weekend we’ll take a look at it,” he told UND sports. “We’ve accomplished what we wanted to do here, which is win the series. Any time you can get that, you get a swing of a lot of percentage points and plus you get the head-to-head tiebreaker.”

UND currently sits at No. 7 in the conference and looks to keep working up the standings to get into the playoffs. With an even 20 games left on the schedule, UND will look to finish the regular season strong.

After a seven-game homestand, UND is on the road first in a one-game stint vs. South Dakota State, followed by a weekend series against WAC leaders Seattle University and another one-game showdown against in-state rivals North Dakota State. UND will be back at Kraft Field on April 24 to open a seven-game homestand.

Jack Harvey is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at [email protected].