LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Freshman infielder Tyson Fisher became the first Dixie State baseball player in the program’s NCAA era to hit for the cycle as he helped lead the No. 29/16 Trailblazers to a 20-7 win at New Mexico Highlands Sunday afternoon at Brandt Field. With the win, DSU clinched a series split with the Cowboys as the Blazers improved to 20-6, 10-2 in RMAC play.
Dixie State led wire-to-wire, thanks in large part to a balanced offensive attack over the first four innings of play. Fisher got DSU on the board in first inning as he cashed in a one-out walk to Lane Pritchard with his fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field to give his side a quick 2-0 lead.
The Trailblazers followed that up with four two-out runs in the second to extend to a 6-0 advantage. DSU strung together four straight base hits, including an RBI single from Jagun Leavitt and a run-scoring double off the bat of Pritchard. Then after a Jake Engel walk, Fisher singled home two more runs to cap the rally.
DSU kept the momentum going in the third as Tyler Hollow reached on a leadoff single ahead of Brody Clifford, who belted his sixth homer of the year. Pritchard would drive in another run in the frame and the Trailblazers tacked on one more run in the fourth after Fisher reached on a leadoff triple and would later score on a groundout that pushed the lead to 10-0.
While the Blazer offense was firing on all cylinders, junior righthander Preston Hannay managed to keep the potent Cowboy offense scoreless through four innings despite NMHU pounding out six hits. However, NMHU would break through with three runs in the fifth to trim the DSU lead to 10-3.
Dixie State countered that with three runs of its own in the sixth, with Fisher and Clifford each delivering RBI singles, to move the cushion back to double figures. The Cowboys answered right back with three more runs in the home sixth, only to see the Trailblazers respond with four runs in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 17-6.Comment on this story
Leavitt walked to lead off the seventh and would come around to score on Pritchard’s first homer of the season, while Engel made it back-to-back long balls with his team-leading 10th round-tripper of the season just four pitches later. Then after a pitching change, Fisher capped his record-setting day with a double down the left field line, stole third and scored on a Braxton Ipson single. DSU would go on to tally three more runs in the eighth for good measure and coasted home from there to secure the series split.
Fisher finished with career-highs of five hits (5-for-5), five RBIs and four runs scored, while Pritchard went 3-for-4 with career-bests of four RBIs and four runs scored as DSU outhit NMHU 20-16. Trailblazer reliever Brayden Bonner was credited with the win after he pitched the final two innings, allowing just two hits and one unearned run with a pair of strikeouts.
Dixie State returns home next weekend for a four-game RMAC series vs. Colorado State-Pueblo on March 29-31.