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Jimmies finish Arizona trip 10-1
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It was nearly an unbeaten run in Arizona for the Jimmie baseball team.

The University of Jamestown won its first 10 games in Tucson, before falling in the trip finale to NCAA Division II St. Cloud State on Saturday. Late Friday night, the Jimmies outscored Briar Cliff, Iowa, 18-6, getting the sweep 3-0 and 15-6.

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The Jimmies, now 11-3 overall, did a lot of things well, said coach Tom Hager.

“To go 10-1 you have to have a lot of things happen. One of them is you’re going to go deep into your pitching staff and you’re going to have to have a lot of guys contribute, and we got that. Also, you have to hit and keep hitting and we were able to do that as well,” Hager said. “A lot of time and energy goes into planning a trip like that. It’s fun to play in a place like Arizona and to be able to go 10-1 was icing on the cake.

“It was a great trip. We’re excited about where our team is headed, but we definitely have work to do and we have to get better over the new few days.”

The Jimmies are back on the road next weekend, playing twice at Briar Cliff on Friday before a  doubleheader at Midland, Neb., on Saturday. They finish the weekend Sunday with one game against Morningside, Iowa.

Jamestown 3, Briar Cliff 0

Tanner Dahl continued to cement his status as the Jimmies’ No. 1 starter on Friday.

The sophomore from West Fargo fired a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win. Dahl struck out nine batters and walked three in his second win of the season.

“(Dahl) was outstanding again. He was able to get ahead of almost nearly every batter. To come back on short rest and pitch like he did, that’s what you look for from your top starters,” Hager said.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Shayne Kelly delivered the key hit — a two-run triple. It was the first of five hits in the three games for Kelly.

“We expected him to be a major contributor as a transfer senior. It’s taken him a little time to get going, but he’s a guy with pop in his bat. He can change a game with one swing,” Hager said.

Landon Uetz, who had two hits in both games of the doubleheader, had two of the Jimmies’ six hits.

“He’s made a lot of improvements through his redshirt year last year and now he’s a guy we know can produce for us,” Hager said of the West Fargo product.

Jamestown 15, Briar Cliff 6

The Jimmies banged out a whopping 20 hits in the second game on Friday.

All nine starters had at least one hit and 3-hole hitter Erik Peterson went 4-for-5 with a double, five RBI, three runs and a stolen base.

Kelly, leadoff man Nolan Skowronek and Paul Sitkowski each totaled three hits. Kelly scored three times and Skowronek (2 RBI) scored twice. Sitkowski plated three runs. Uetz and Matt Achter added two hits apiece. Uetz touched home twice too.

“We came out swinging and it was fun to watch,” Hager said. “I thought another key was that we ran the bases really well. We were aggressive and that put a lot of pressure on Briar Cliff.”

Darren Iseri got the win by going the first four innings on the hill.

St. Cloud St. 16, Jamestown 6

The Huskies, who own an identical 11-3 record like the Jimmies, pounded out 24 hits to pull away for a 9-inning win in the final game of the trip.

The Jimmies committed four errors, giving the NSIC team help it didn’t need.

“We didn’t play very well and that left a bitter taste in our mouth to end the trip,” Hager said. “Good teams make you pay for your mistakes and we made too many mistakes.”

Still, the Jimmies rung up 12 hits of their own and scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and had two more on base when the final out was recorded.

“I was proud of how our guys kept grinding out at bats,” Hager said. “This team is never going to quit.”

Sitkowski had three more hits to continue his strong start. Skowronek and Mitch Stevens had two hits each. Skowronek scored twice. Peterson added two RBI and Rudy Strnad went 1-for-4 and scored a pair runs.

At Tucson, Ariz.

Friday’s games

University of Jamestown 3, Briar Cliff 0

Briar Cliff  000 000 0 — 0 3 1

Jamestown  000 003 x — 3 6 0

Davis and Allen. Tanner Dahl and Marcus Blackmon Jr. W—Dahl (2-1). L—Davis. 3B—UJ, Shayne Kelly. SB—BC, Claypool.

Jamestown 15, Briar Cliff 6

Jamestown  230 052 3 — 15 20 1

Briar Cliff  002 130 0 — 6 12 2

Darren Iseri, Grant Mattes (5), Gaige Dunn (7) and Nathan Christiuk. Hannah, Adams (3), Muller (4), Ward (6), (Harris (7) and Ludwig. W—Iseri (2-1). L—Hannah. 2B—UJ, Erik Peterson, Kelly, Christiuk. 3B—Mitch Stevens, Paul Sitkowski. SB—UJ, Sitkowski 2, Peterson.

Saturday

St. Cloud State 16, Jamestown 6

SCSU  120 340 105 — 16 24 4

Jamestown  102 000 003 — 6 12 2

Fischer, Kubitz (6), Diers (8) and Jurgella. Kyle McKay, Ryan Sheeley (4), Jason Shaw (5), Christian Hackworth (8), Nick Smart (9), Dunn (9) and Blackmon, Christiuk (6). W—Fischer. L—McKay (0-1). 2B—SCSU, Loxtercamp, Arnold, Lieser. HR—Jurgella. SB—SCSU, Arnold. UJ, Rudy Strnad, Matt Achter.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)                    952-8460 or by e-mail at dselvig@jamestownsun.com

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Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
(701) 952-8460
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