Tyler Olmstead pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout and Josh Falk drove in three runs to lead South Dakota State to an 8-0 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne in the opener of a three-game Summit League baseball series Friday afternoon at Erv Huether Field.
With the win, the Jackrabbits reached their high-water mark of the season by improving to 22-17 overall and 14-8 in league play. Purdue Fort Wayne remained winless in league play at 0-22 and fell to 5-37 overall.
Falk, a junior from Minnetonka, Minnesota, doubled in the first run of the game as part of a four-run third inning for SDSU, plating Gus Steiger. Derek Hackman added a two-run single later in the frame, while Landon Badger closed out the rally with a run-scoring double.
SDSU extended its lead to 6-0 an inning later as Falk notched his second run-scoring double of the game and later scored on a wild pitch.
Olmstead, meanwhile, allowed only a pair of infield singles through the first five innings. The junior right-hander recorded his lone 1-2-3 inning of the afternoon in the third, but walked only one while striking out nine en route to his first career shutout and fourth win of the season. Olmstead finished strong, fanning a pair of batters in each of the last two innings.
The Jackrabbits capped the scoring with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh. Badger notched his second double of the game and later scored on an infield single by Steiger. Falk drew a walk with the bases loaded to force in the final run of the contest for his third RBI of the afternoon.
Badger was 3-for-5 to pace SDSU's 13-hit attack. Steiger, Falk, Hackman and Braeden Brown tallied two hits apiece.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. Senior right-hander Ryan Froom is slated to start for the Jackrabbits.
• SDSU leads the all-time series, 56-14, including 4-0 this season
• The Jackrabbits have won 14 of the last 15 matchups against Purdue Fort Wayne dating back to 2017
• SDSU starting pitchers have combined to toss 21 consecutive scoreless innings over the last three games
• Olmstead has pitched into at least the seventh inning in all eight starts against Summit League opponents this season
• Olmstead moved into ninth place on the SDSU single-season strikeouts chart with 75
• Steiger reached base safely for the 34th consecutive game and posted his team-leading 17th multi-hit game of the season
• Falk moved into a tie with Steiger for the team lead in RBIs with 34
• Badger recorded his third three-hit game of the season against Purdue Fort Wayne and is batting .643 (9-for-14) against the Mastodons in 2019
• The Jackrabbits established a season high with six doubles