Jamestown fends off Waldorf to complete NSAA series sweep

Published 8:53 am Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The University of Jamestown fended off the Waldorf University baseball team during Monday’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) doubleheader.

Jamestown (21-8, 4-0) secured an 11-5 victory in the opener and took a 2-0 win in the nightcap, completing a four-game series sweep against the Warriors (6-22, 0-4).

“We hit the ball, but just didn’t have enough two-out hits,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said.

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Sophomore Jimmy Quirk went 2-for-4 with a double for the Warriors in Game 1. Junior Joey Ponder finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Sophomore Mitchell Keeran smacked a two-run double. Junior Garrett Gillen added an RBI single and senior Ryan Villarreal contributed a double. The Warriors received singles from senior Kellan Mick, juniors Riley MacDonald and Eric Mallo to round out Waldorf’s 10 hits.

“We had good approaches and had really good swings off their starter,” Tautges said. “We just couldn’t make anything happen to get some big innings.”

Jamestown’s Tyler Ludlow went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run. Landon Uetz and Quinn Irey each finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Kory Wolden and Peter Pennylegion both recorded doubles. The Jimmies compiled 13 hits.

Logan Lund (4-2) notched the win. He struck out four batters, issued two walks and allowed three runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings. Nick Torres tallied two strikeouts and gave up a walk in two and two-thirds innings. Gabriel Kastenmeier walked a batter and relinquished two runs on three hits in one inning.

Senior Dave Erickson (0-7) took the loss. He fanned a batter, allowed two walks and surrendered seven runs on eight hits in five and one-third innings. Senior Dean Mick came in for two innings of relief. He issued two walks and gave up two runs on two hits. Junior Adam Kovash finished the final one and two-thirds innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Pennylegion doubled in a run during the top of the second to put the Jimmies on the board.

Matt Noll scored in the third off an error following a stolen base by Nico Kelly.

Mitchell Keeran ripped a two-run double in the fourth to even the score at 2-all.

Alex Sablan singled in a run during the fifth. Jamestown went up 6-2 after a three-run blast from Ludlow.

Irey led off the sixth by crushing a solo homer.

Ponder cut Jamestown’s lead to 7-3 with a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Scooter Turin and Taichi Sasaki provided RBI singles in the eighth. Sasaki scored later in the inning as the result of a fielding error from a failed pickoff attempt.

Uetz started the ninth with a solo homer, putting the Jimmies ahead 11-3.