Flagstad leads SSU to easy win
Sophomore sets school mark by going 6 for 6 at the plate
DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Kyle Flagstad set a school record by going 6 for 6 and drove in three runs in ninth-ranked St. Scholastica's 17-4 victory against Northland at Wade Stadium on Wednesday night. A total of 11 Saints had five hits in a game prior to Flagstad's effort Wednesday, with last being Kyle Wojtysiak in 2008.
Flagstad began the game with a leadoff triple to right center in the bottom of the first. In his second at-bat he hit a RBI double to left center in the second inning. He then led off the fourth inning with a single, starting 3 for 3 and needing just a home run for the cycle through four innings.
Flagstad didn't get the homer, but led off the sixth with a single. Later in the sixth he came up again and hit a shallow fly ball to center where no Northland outfielders could get a glove on it to drive in two runs. Flagstad had one more opportunity at the plate in the eighth to break the record and he would do it with a single to right center to finish perfect in six plate appearances on the night. The NCAA Division III record for hits in a game is eight set in 2009.
Joe Link stole his 37th and 38th base Wednesday to improve to 38 for 38 on the year and move within two of that CSS single-season record. He now has 82 career stolen bases which are tied for the third-most in program history.
The Saints scored at least one run in six of the eight innings, including plating eight runs in the sixth. Kyle Moody and Andy Schwantes both went 2 for 3 with two runs batted in. Kyle Jensen and Brandon Porten also drove in a pair of runs.
Jake Nystrom started his first game of the season for the Saints and struck out three and allowed just one hit in 3.0 innings. Jake Snyder got the victory in relief, going 4.0 innings, striking out five and allowing just five hits.
The Saints improve to 29-5 overall and 17-1 in conference play while the LumberJacks fall to 8-24 overall and 1-17 in the UMAC.