BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — A day after opening its season with a loss, North Dakota State bounced back to take two from Western Kentucky on Monday.

The Bison rode solid pitching and big innings to win 8-5 in the first game and 10-2 in game two. The game one win was NDSU head coach Tod Brown's 300th career victory.

In the second game, NDSU starter and winner Evan Sankey allowed just five hits in five scoreless innings and struck out eight. Tristen Roehrich worked three innings and Wyatt Nelson retired all three Hilltoppers he faced in the ninth.

Brock Anderson had three hits, including two doubles, and Peter Brookshaw had three hits and two runs batted in. Bennett Hostetler and Jack Simonsen both had two hits and two RBI.

In the first game, starter Ben Smith worked four innings and Zach Smith got the win with three innings of two-hit ball. Brock Anderson got the save with a flawless ninth.

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The Bison's Simonsen had two hits, including a home run, and he drove in two runs. Will Busch had two hits and drove in a pair, Tucker Rohde had two hits and an RBI and Brookshaw had a hit and two RBI.

The Bison travel to play four games against St. Louis on Feb. 26-28.