Three home runs alongside a lights-out pitching performance by Dalton Roach led the Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks to a 10-0 shutout victory over the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament first-round game at St. Cloud’s Faber Field remained a scoreless battle through the first two-and-a-half innings.
The Mavericks then took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a three-run home run by Eric Peterson and a solo home run by Dylan Dresel.
With runners on second and third in the fourth, Mankato increased its lead to 5-0 on an RBI sacrifice fly to center field by Josh Wenzel.
The Mavericks added another run in the fifth frame on a solo home run by Jordan Hart to give the team a 6-0 advantage.
A fielding error by UMC in the seventh inning allowed Peterson to reach first base and advance to second.
Teddy Petersen followed with a single to knock in Peterson.
A wild pitch allowed Petersen to advance to second before Hart hit an RBI double to give the Mavericks an 8-0 lead.
Mankato opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a single by Tommy McDonald. Cody Ulfers stepped in to pinch run and rounded the bases to score on a balk, a wild pitch and a fielding error.
The Mavericks scored their final run on an RBI sacrifice fly by Peterson to allow Luke Waldek to score and ultimately give the team a 10-0 victory.
Peterson scored a total four RBIs against UMC on one hit. Waldek and Hart each tallied two RBIs.
UMC’s Reed Hjelle and Brandon Kresl picked up the team’s two hits in the contest.
Roach earned the win on the mound following eight innings of work. He gave up one hit, hit one batter, walked two and struck out 14.
Austin Franzen and Trevor Patterson combined for one inning of pitching and gave up one hit while striking out one other.
UMC’s Parker Hanson picked up the loss. He pitched 3.2 innings and gave up five runs on four hits, one hit batter, three walks and three strikeouts.
Jacob Butcher pitched 3.1 innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits, one wild pitch, one walk and four strikeouts.
Matthew Dallas pitched one inning and gave up two runs on two hits, three balks, one wild pitch and one strikeout.
UMC fell to 24-27 overall on the season. The Golden Eagles played in an elimination game at noon today (Thursday) against the Minot State University Beavers at Faber Field, but results were not available when the Times went to press.
MSU-Mankato improves to 41-9 and takes on Wayne State College at 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday).