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Thometz, Wolden key UJ rebound

Chase Thometz and Kory Wolden helped the Jimmies snap a brief losing skid in the desert on Monday. Following a 4-1 loss Sunday to Concordia (Neb.) and 10-3 defeat to Dordt (Iowa) on Monday, Thometz fired a gem on the mound and Wolden had the deci...

Chase Thometz
Chase Thometz

Chase Thometz and Kory Wolden helped the Jimmies snap a brief losing skid in the desert on Monday.

Following a 4-1 loss Sunday to Concordia (Neb.) and 10-3 defeat to Dordt (Iowa) on Monday, Thometz fired a gem on the mound and Wolden had the decisive blow at the dish in a 5-1 victory over the Defenders in Tucson, Ariz. The University of Jamestown, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA top 25, is now 2-2 on the trip and 12-3 overall.

"We've gotten three very good starting pitching performances, but we haven't played really well throughout the first four games of this trip," UJ head coach Tom Hager said. "We have to come back, make some adjustments and be a lot better the rest of the way."

Thometz, a junior from Sandy, Ore., did not allow a hit until the sixth in a stellar complete-game effort. He struck out nine and allowed just three hits.

"Thometz was the stopper. He was unreal," Hager said. "After such a poor first game (Monday), we jumped on his back and he carried us."

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Leading 2-1, Wolden delivered a rare inside-the-park home run in the top of seventh inning, driving the ball deep to center field. From there, the junior from West Fargo turned on the jets.

"It was a very exciting play," Hager said. "He turned a triple into an inside-the-parker ... it was a big play. We needed it at the time."

On Sunday, Jerome Byndloss and Brad Bennett turned in strong pitching performances.

Byndloss went six innings before Eric Evans nailed down the save.

Bennett was nearly unhittable in game 2 against Concordia, allowing just one hit in six shutout innings. Evans was unable to nail it down as Concordia tied it in the bottom of the seventh and then went ahead with three in the eighth.

"We were one inning away from getting a sweep on Sunday," Hager said. "But give Concordia credit. They found a way to scratch out a run in the seventh and then did what they had to do in the eighth."

The Jimmies scored 14 runs on 21 hits in the four games combined.

"We haven't been consistent enough offensively, no question about it," Hager said. "We need to do a better job of having quality at bats up and down our lineup."

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The Jimmies face two more future conference opponents today in Morningside (Iowa) and Northwestern (Iowa). Concordia and Dordt are also members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Jamestown joins the GPAC the fall of 2018.

Sunday's games

University of Jamestown 5, Concordia (Neb.) 3

UJ 310 001 0 -- 5 6 1

CU 000 003 0 -- 3 5 1

Jerome Byndloss, Eric Evans (7) and Quinn Irey. Neil Ryan, Taylor Bickel (4), Tanner Wauhob (7) and Drew Woods. W--Byndloss. L--Ryan. S--Evans.

Highlights: UJ, Byndloss 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 6 SO; Scooter Turin 1-2 R, RBI, 2 BB; Landon Uetz 2-3 R, 2 RBI, 3B; Peter Pennylegion 1-2 RBI; Christian Shouman 1-3 R; Nico Kelly 1-2 R.

Concordia 4, Jamestown 1, 8 innings

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CU 000 000 13 -- 4 5 0

UJ 000 001 00 -- 1 4 0

Jason Munsch, Cade Moring (5), Nic Seaman (6) and Ryan Fesmire. Brad Bennett, Evans (7), Brodie Stairs (8) and Irey. W--Seaman. L--Stairs.

Highlights: UJ, Bennett 6 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 7 SO; Wolden 1-3; Uetz 1-4, 2B; Alex Sablan 1-2 RBI; Brett Schreiner 1-2 2B.

Monday's games

Dordt 10, Jamestown 3

DC 201 331 0 -- 10 10 1

UJ 000 300 0 -- 3 5 9

Brandon Fokkema and Chris Schreiber. Logan Lund, Cade Campbell (4), Brandon Radmacher (5), Kaleb Binstock (5), Joey Gebhardt (7) and Irey. W--Fokkema. L--Lund.

Highlights: UJ, Wolden 2-4 R; Tyler Ludlow 1-3 RBI; A.Sablan 0-1 RBI; Irey 1-3; Taichi Sasaki 1-1. DC, Fokkema 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 SO.

Jamestown 5, Dordt 1

UJ 000 011 3 -- 5 6 0

DC 000 001 0 -- 1 3 6

Chase Thometz and A.Sablan. Michael Grady, Tyler Wiedner (7) and Josh VanEps. HR--UJ, Wolden.

Kory Wolden
Kory Wolden

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