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SDSU falls to Oral Roberts in Summit League title game

SIOUX FALLS -- An RBI single in the 11th inning sent Oral Roberts past South Dakota State University 5-4 Sunday at Sioux Falls Stadium in the Summit League baseball tournament championship game for its 14th consecutive conference title.

SIOUX FALLS -- An RBI single in the 11th inning sent Oral Roberts past South Dakota State University 5-4 Sunday at Sioux Falls Stadium in the Summit League baseball tournament championship game for its 14th consecutive conference title.

SDSU's season ended with a 37-20 record and Oral Roberts improved to 36-20 and will advance to the NCAA National Tournament.

Eric Cain's infield single drove in Andrew Phelan in the second inning to give SDSU a 1-0 lead.

Oral Roberts tied the game in the bottom half of the second inning, but Phelan scored in the top half of the third inning for a 2-1 lead.

Oral Roberts took the lead in the bottom of the third with back-to-back doubles and a run in the seventh inning pushed the lead to 4-2.

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SDSU rallied in the eighth inning to tie the game, and Mitchell native Trever Vermeulen came on for SDSU to pitch in the bottom half of the inning.

Vermeulen pitched three innings and was tagged for the loss. He gave up four hits, one run and struck out three.

It was the second meeting between the two teams in the tournament. On Saturday, Oral Roberts beat SDSU 7-1 to force the Jackrabbits to play an elimination game with North Dakota State University.

SDSU built a 13-1 lead after eight innings against NDSU Saturday. The Bison then scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth and four more in the ninth before SDSU held on for the win.

Vermeulen pitched one inning -- the ninth -- and gave up one hit and struck out one batter.

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