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College Baseball: Warriors lose 2 in Elko

ELKO -- The Ridgewater Warriors got back on a ballfield on Friday -- the first time in three weeks -- dropping a pair to Dakota County 5-3 and 5-0 at Fredrickson Field in Elko, about 12 east of New Prague.

The Blue Knights, who ended their spring trip 8-4, are expected to be one of the top teams in the MCAC South Division.

"Dakota County looks like the team to beat (in our conference)," said coach Joel Barta. "They threw their No. 1 and 2 pitchers at us, but we're getting better."

The Warriors bus back to Elko today to play Vermillion at 10:30 a.m.

Ridgewater hadn't played since March 13 in Arizona.

Dakota County 5, Ridgewater 3

The Warriors' Jake Wahl drove in two runs in the first inning, but Dakota County would take advantage of four Ridgewater errors to go with eight hits.

Justin Schroeder, Ridgewater's only sophomore, allowed four runs (one earned) over the first four innings before giving way to Bobby Tyndall, who gave up an earned run on four hits. The Blue Knights took the lead in the fourth with three runs.

Ridgewater 200 100 0 -- 3 3 4

Dakota County 010 310 x -- 5 8 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Ryan Speltz 1-for-3, Jake Wahl 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Aaron Adelman 1-for-3... Dakota County: Alex Mack 2-for-4, Dillon Powell 2-for-4, Briar Braulick 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Justin Schroeder (L) 4-4-4-1-2-4, Bobby Tyndall 2-4-1-1-0-0 ... Dakota County: Luke Anderson (W) 5-2-3-2-5-1

Dakota County 5, Ridgewater 0

Benji Hager and Adam Luberts got the only hits off sophomore righty Ryan Rodek, who walked one and fanned nine. Rodek tranfered to Dakota County after playing at Ridgewater last spring.

The Blue Knights scored two runs in the second and third innings each, then another in the fourth to knock out starter Chris Braaten. Tyler Kanten handcuffed the Blue Knights the rest of the way.

Dakota County 022 100 0 -- 5 6 0

Ridgewater 000 000 0 -- 0 2 0

HITTING - Dakota County: Evan Lucius 2-for-3, rbi; Kevin Williams 2-for-4, 2b ... Ridgewater: Benji Hager 1-for-3, Adam Lueberts 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Dakota County: Ryan Rodeck (W) 7-2-0-0-1-9 ... Ridgewater: Chris Braaten (L) 3 2/3-6-5-5-0-3, Tyler Kanten 3 1/3-0-0-0-0-0