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Bison baseball riding momentum to defend Summit League Tournament title

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"T.O.’s (NDSU head baseball coach, Tyler Oakes) has been preaching the whole season about being gritty and taking the adversity with us, and it’s been working in our favor,” said senior catcher Logan Williams.

This season, the odds were stacked against NDSU baseball.

Tyler Oakes began his first season as head coach for the Bison. The team lost eight seniors, five of which were position player starters, and 40 of 47 games were played on the road.

But the Bison found a way to persevere, becoming regular season Summit League champions for the first time in program history. >>> Full story here.

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NDSU will play Omaha on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.

Max Kepler’s grand night sends Twins to walk-off victory over Detroit

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Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler (26) celebrates with second baseman Jorge Polanco (11) after hitting grand slam on Monday, May 23, 2022, during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.
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The 1,000th Twins home run at Target Field was grand, but it was a ninth-inning walk that set Minnesota up for its fifth straight victory.

Both came courtesy of Max Kepler, still only 29 yet having a career renaissance of sorts this season after hitting a career-low of .211 in 2021. Kepler is now hitting .262 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 40 games this season.

Kepler gave the Twins a 4-0 lead with a grand slam in the first inning – the 1,000th Twins home run since the team began playing in Target Field in 2010 – and scored the winning run in the ninth as the Twins walked off Detroit, 5-4, on Monday in front of 16,361. >>> Full story here.

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On Sunday, that meant scoreless performances from Cody Stashak, who followed Paddack and threw 2⅔ innings, Caleb Thielbar, who struck out all three batters he faced, Joe Smith, Tyler Duffey and Emilio Pagán, who locked down the save after allowing a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

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