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College baseball: Bulldogs split season-opening doubleheader

A journalist walks down the steps inside US Bank Stadium during a media preview for this weekend's Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 30, 2018. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
A 2018 exterior of US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

MINNEAPOLIS — Both Minnesota Duluth and Southwest Minnesota State got something out of two close games in a doubleheader on Thursday morning at US Bank Stadium.

The Mustangs took game one 5-4 and the Bulldogs the second game, 6-4.

After trailing 2-0 and 5-2, the Bulldogs got a two-run double from Tim Pokornowski to get within a run in the seventh and final inning, but the Mustangs got out of the jam with a fly ball to right field and a strikeout.

Pokornowski and Brodie Paulson had two hits apiece.

Aaron Wukmir took the loss in relief for the Bulldogs, who used four pitcher in six innings. He allowed three runs, one earned, and two hits in his inning of work. Chad Fox started and allowed two earned runs and three hits in three innings, walking three and striking out two.

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In the second game, UMD took control with a four-run third inning. Tyler Gustafson singled in a run before Pokornowski and Paulson delivered back-to-back triples and Tosten Mann drove in a run on a fielder's choice. SMSU tied it 4-4 with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, but UMD took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. Brandt Kolpack singled home Austin Gordon, then scored on Alex Wattermann's RBI double to right.

Watermann was the only Bulldog with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

Isaac Benesh was the winning pitcher, allowing two earned runs on four hits in two innings of relief, striking out four. Wattermann got the save, allowing a hit and a walk in a scoreless seventh. Eric Hinnenkamp started, allowing two runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out two.

UMD (1-1) plays three games at Missouri-St. Louis starting Saturday.

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