Utah Tech baseball splits series with South Dakota State

Trevor Meisner a junior management information systems from Las Vegas, pitches against South Dakota University. Annie Sorensen | Sun News Daily

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The Utah Tech University baseball team split the series with South Dakota State University after playing March 3-5. This series moved Utah Tech’s record to 4-8 overall.

The Trailblazers started off the four-game series with two wins. The series opener began with a commanding lead by Utah Tech and consisted of three home runs by: 

  • Tyson Fisher, a senior communication studies major from St. George
  • Ethan He, a sophomore exercise science major from Riverton
  • Garrett Cutting, a redshirt freshman sociology major from Las Vegas

These three home runs and two crucial offensive innings played a large role in Utah Tech’s victory over South Dakota State. 

Fisher had a perfect day at the plate and had a career-high of four runs in addition to his second career home run.

In total, three Trailblazers had two hits and drove in runs as Utah Tech had 15 hits for the day.

The second matchup March 4 began similarly to the first game. Utah Tech responded to South Dakota State’s first-inning runs, ending the first inning with a score of 4-3. Utah Tech scored four more runs in the bottom of the third inning. 

Although South Dakota State had 11 hits and Utah Tech had 10, the Trailblazers were still able to come out with a win.

The two-game win streak came to an end during the second game of the doubleheader March 4.

Utah Tech was only able to put two runs on the board with a double to left center by Fisher. On the other hand, South Dakota State had three home runs and ended with seven runs total.

Despite the loss, Jake Dahle, a redshirt senior finance major from Tremonton, struck out a season-high of six over the four innings he played.

The Trailblazers fell short to the Jackrabbits once again during the last matchup March 5. 

South Dakota State opened up the game with four runs at the top of the first inning. Utah Tech did not put any runs on the board until the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Utah Tech’s offense attempted to make a comeback and sent 11 batters to the plate. The Trailblazers were able to score five runs on four hits, taking the score to 7-11. The Trailblazers were able to get two more runs but fell short, ending with a score of 9-14. 

The Trailblazers will take on Brigham Young University at Bruce Hurst Field March 7.