AUBURNDALE, Fla. — North Dakota State used an eight-run first inning and an offensive outburst that led to a 16-hit night in a 17-2 win over the Yale University baseball team Thursday night in the RussMatt Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park.
Eleven of the 17 runs scored by the Bison (7-7) were earned. Yale starter David Hickey (0-2) faced only seven batters in allowing eight runs, three of which were earned, on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning before he was pulled.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs (1-5), the other three pitchers that appeared in the game also struggled, but the Bison bats were a big reason.
"That was an embarrassing loss. Our pitchers simply didn't give us a chance," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "We have to pitch better than we have so far. You give up an eight-spot in the first and it's really hard to recover."
Blake Turbak and Kirk Kenneally both went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Kenneally belted a triple and a home run among his three hits, while Turbak had a pair of doubles. Wes Satzinger (2-for-3) also drove in three runs and scored three more, while Jon Hechtner tallied three RBIs.
Yale had just five hits in the game. Sophomore first baseman Eric Hsieh went 2-for-4, while sophomore second baseman David Toups (1-for-4) and sophomore right fielder Joe Lubanski (0-for-2) both drove in a run to account for Yale's two runs in the game.
Toups singled in freshman Nate Adams with the Bulldogs' first run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Four batters later, Lubanski's bases loaded walk pushed Toups home with the second run.
Yale returns to the diamond tomorrow for a 12:30 p.m. game against Long Island at Chain O' Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.