SMSU baseball team finishes doubleheader with a loss and a tie

Mayville State (N.D.) struck for seven runs in the first inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Southwest Minnesota State baseball team Tuesday at the Metrodome and cruised to a 10-2 victory to remain unbeaten on the season.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was called due to a time limit at the Metrodome with the score tied at 3 in the seventh inning. The game officially ended in a tie.

SMSU Game 1 starter Travis McGlauflin got off to a rough start and didn’t make it through the first inning. The NAIA Comets (5-0-1 overall) piled up six hits against him and scored seven runs, six of which were earned. McGlauflin was relieved by Brandan Alfson, who got the final out the inning.

Taylor Klingenberg worked the next three innings for SMSU and gave up four hits but no runs. He also struck out two batters. Maris Blanchard came on in the fifth and gave up two runs without recording an out. Eric Giddings then took the mound and allowed one run over two innings, giving up three walks and a hit.

Mayville State’s Johnny Pistulka, a graduate of Wabasso High School, had a triple and two RBIs in the game. Dillon Lundin led the Comets with three hits and two RBIs.

SMSU (3-3-1) scored its first run in the top of the first inning when Jarred Carlson singled to left to knock in Jordon Kontz. Its second and final run came in the fifth when Carlson hit a sacrifice fly to score Kontz and make the score 7-2.

SMSU had seven hits in the game, all singles. Kontz and Ryan Engels each had two base hits.

Victor Sokolofsky was the winning pitcher in the game. He tossed the first four innings for the Comets, allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts.

In Game 2, SMSU got off to a 3-0 lead thanks to a three-run third inning. Nick Tillo had a sacrifice fly to start off the scoring, followed by an RBI single by Steven Kremer and an RBI double by Josh Hanson.

The Comets scored a run in the fourth and then tied the score at 3 with a two-run double in the sixth following an SMSU two-out error. The game ended in a tie after reaching a time limit following the seventh inning.

Colton Smit tossed a career-high 5 1/3 innings for SMSU without allowing an earned run. He struck out three batters.

Hanson finished with two hits for the Mustangs.

SMSU is back in action Saturday when the Mustangs start an eight-game trip in Tucson, Ariz. They open play against Arizona Christian.