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Jimmies stretch streak to nine

The Jimmies have never previously started their Arizona trip 8-0.

They have this time, though.

The University of Jamestown baseball team swept Mount Marty, S.D., 9-1 and 8-7 to improve to 8-0 in the desert, 9-2 overall and stretch their winning streak to nine games.

“Our pitchers have been throwing strikes and our hitters have been putting the ball in play and it’s added up to a good trip to this point,” head coach Tom Hager said. “We’ve done a lot of good things and got contributions from a lot of different guys and hopefully we can do that for a couple more days.”

The Jimmies play Briar Cliff, Iowa twice today and cap the trip Saturday with one nine-inning game against NCAA Division II St. Cloud State (Minn.).

Jamestown 9, Mount Marty 1

Kyle Shaikoski has bided his time through the years.

The senior from Fergus Falls had not started a game on the mound previously, but came up big in his first chance on Thursday.

Shaikoski fired a complete game, allowing just one run on seven hits in a stellar start.

“I can’t say enough about Kyle and how he pitched today,” Hager said. “He’s been patient and done what we’ve asked him to do. He pitched in relief for us last year, but we gave him a start (Thursday) and the kid goes out there and throws a complete game and comes up really big for us.

“He’s a strike-thrower. We needed some innings out of him today and he goes out there and gives us a complete game. It was fun to watch.”

The Jimmies banged out 10 hits. Mitch Stevens had an RBI-double in the third inning and a two-run single in the fourth. Rudy Strnad and Erik Peterson added two RBI each.

Jamestown 8, Mount Marty 7

The Jimmies had to rally in the second game.

Down 5-0 after 3 1/2 innings, Jamestown scored two in the fourth, four in the fifth, one in the sixth and won it with a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Nolan Skowronek walked with one out, stole second and then scored the winning run with two outs on a throwing error by Mount Marty’s shortstop on a roller hit by Erik Peterson.

“We just kept hitting and it was a lot of fun to see them battle back from a 5-0 deficit,” Hager said. “I was really proud of how they kept chipping away, and eventually pulled it out.”

The Jimmies had 12 more hits for 22 on the day. Strnad went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Achter was 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs and a pair of stolen bases. Spencer Flaten had one hit and scored three times.

Ryan Vernon worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

“A key today was we needed some bullpen guys to log some innings and they did that,” Hager said. “We have a lot of guys that throw the ball across the plate and when you do that you keep your team in the game and have a chance to win and that’s what we’ve been able to do.”

At Tucson, Ariz.

Thursday’s games

University of Jamestown 9, Mount Marty 1

Jamestown  012 411 0 9 10 0

Mount Marty  000 001 0 1 7 5

Kyle Shaikoski and Marcus Blackmon Jr. Weiseler, Teichroew (5) and Sehr. W—Shaikoski (1-0). L—Weiseler. 2B—UJ, Mitch Stevens. SB—UJ, Rudy Strnad.

Jamestown 8, Mount Marty 7

Mount Marty   013 102 0 7 8 3

Jamestown   000 241 1 8 12 3

Jeffery Hamann, Ben Mortenson (3), Ryan Vernon (6) and Nathan Christiuk. Mogensen, Kirkman (5) and Sehr. W—Vernon (1-0). L—Kirkman. 2B—UJ, Erik Peterson, Landon Uetz, Christiuk. MM, Hollenbeck, Miller, Cutolo. SB—MM, O’Connell. UJ, Matt Achter 2, Flaten, Strnad, Skowronek.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)                  952-8460 or by e-mail at

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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