STANFORD, Calif .– The record season for the North Dakota state baseball team ended Sunday when UC Irvine finished 17th in an NCAA Regional playoff game, beating the bison 18-3 at the Sunken Diamond.
NDSU finished the 42-19 season, setting school records for most wins and games. The Anteaters improved to 42-17 and advanced to Sunday night’s regional championship game against seventh-placed Stanford (35-14).
Bennett Hostetler led the bison with three hits, while Jake Malec added a pair. Zach Solano and Jack Simonsen also had hits for the bison. Evan Sankey suffered the loss on the hill when he fell to 7-3 in 1.2 innings of work. Sankey allowed eight runs with seven hits while walking two and knocking out two. Jake Drew earned a strikeout while Tristen Roehrich cut a pair.
Malec broke the single season record for at-bats at 247, while Peter Brookshaw moved up to fourth at 224. Malec also finished fifth in school history with 60 runs. Hostetler moved up to second place on the single-season hit list at 84, while he moved up to fourth place with 19 bases stolen per year. Drew’s appearance was his 22nd of the year, the fifth most in school history. Sankey became the tenth player in program history to record 70 or more strikeouts in one season.
Tucker Rohde became the sixth player in school history to appear in 200 career games, while advancing to eighth place with 182 career starts.
The anteaters scored five runs in the first and four in the second, adding a pair of home runs in each inning. UC Irvine also scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and another in the sixth to take a 13-0 lead. The bison took eighth place when Hostetler singled out the left field to drive in Malec. After five more Anteater runs in the ninth race, Hunter Koep made a mistake that allowed Joey Danielson and Garret Hill to score.