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Dixie State baseball: DSU completes series sweep at Academy of Art on Tuesday

Dixie State baseball completed a four-game Pacific West Conference series sweep by claiming both games of a Tuesday doubleheader at Academy of Art at nearby Laney College in Oakland, California. DSU (17-5, 5-3 PacWest) pounded out 14 hits en route to a 13-2 win in the opener and completed the sweep with an 8-5 triumph in the finale.

Senior first baseman Samuel Hall staked DSU to a 3-0 lead through the first four innings of game one, driving home a run on a single in the first frame before connecting for his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to right center field, in the fourth.

The Storm padded their lead in the sixth thanks to an RBI single from freshman 3B Bryce Feist before erupting for three runs in seventh, highlighted by a two-run triple from junior 2B Drew McLaughlin, who came home one batter later on an RBI groundout by junior outfielder Trey Kamachi.

The run support was more than enough for freshman righthander Preston Hannay (W, 3-0), who tossed six shutout innings and scattered six hits with three strikeouts in his first collegiate start.

After the Urban Knights (7-14, 2-5 PacWest) broke through with an unearned run in the seventh, Dixie State put the game away with a four-run eighth inning. The Storm pounded out four hits in the rally, including a two-run single from Kamachi and an RBI double from junior DH Ryan Rodriguez.

Every Storm starter had at least one base hit as DSU outhit the Urban Knights, 14-10. Hall and Kamachi led the way with two hits and three RBIs apiece, while Feist, Rodriguez and junior OF Miles Bice each collected two safeties.

In the finale, Dixie State picked up right where it left off in game one as the Storm tallied six runs in the second inning to lead 6-0. DSU scored the first two runs without benefit of a hit as sophomore DH Cam Gust drew a leadoff walk and Trey Reineke reached on an AAU infield error. Feist sacrificed the base runners over and sophomore catcher Jake Davison laid down a squeeze bunt to plate Gust with game’s first run. Reineke then stole home a couple pitches later to push DSU’s lead to 2-0.

Bice was then hit by the next pitch and that opened the floodgates as DSU answered the beaning with four-straight base hits, including three doubles, to rally for four more runs. Bice scored on a Tanner Morache double, who then came home on a McLaughlin single two pitches later. Kamachi and Hall then connected for back-to-back RBI doubles as DSU wound up sending nine men to the plate in the frame.

Dixie State tacked on another run in the third on a Davison RBI single, but the Urban Knights came back with four runs in the fourth stanza, three of which were unearned after a Storm error, to cut the deficit to 7-4.

The Storm pushed across a run in the sixth, and that run was needed as AAU pulled to within three again in the home half of the frame, but senior RHP Spencer Greer got out of the inning to escape further damage. Senior southpaw Kolton Brost (S, 1) then came on and tossed a scoreless seventh inning to close out the game and the series.

DSU outhit AAU ,11-6, in the finale, with the one, two and three batters in the Storm lineup going 7-for-12 with four RBIs and four runs scored. McLaughlin led the way with three hits, while Morache and Kamachi collected two hits apiece. Junior reliever Jose Rosales-Rodarte (W, 1-0) was awarded the victory as six Storm pitchers saw action in the game.

Dixie State continues its eight-game Bay Area road trip this Thursday as the Storm open a four-game set at Holy Names at 2 p.m. PT, in Alameda. DSU will also play a doubleheader Friday at 11 a.m. PT, and close the series Saturday at 11 a.m.

Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.