HASTINGS, Neb. (uj.edu)  — After falling 9-3 in the first game of Sunday’s Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader against Hastings College, the University of Jamestown baseball team used a strong pitching performance by Kensaku Akiya (JR/Kawasaki, Japan) in the nightcap, defeating the Broncos 5-2.

The Jimmies improve to 13-9 overall and 3-3 in the GPAC. Hastings is now 5-12 overall and 2-4 in GPAC action.

UJ and Hastings will meet again Monday in a noon conference doubleheader in Hastings.

Game 1: Hastings 9, Jamestown 3
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Hastings rallied for seven runs to take a 9-3 victory.

The Broncos struck first, scoring twice in the bottom of the second for a 2-0 lead. Jamestown responded with two runs of their own as Tanner Roundy (SR/Henderson, NV) singled home Chase Hacker (JR/Millcreek, WA) and Jaden Yackley (SR/Lynnwood, Wash.).

Drake Pilat (SR/Winnipeg, MB, Canada)’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth drove in Yackley and gave UJ a 3-2 lead. That lead held up until the Broncos got to Jimmie starter Dakota Nelson (SR/Dallas, OR) (2-2) and reliever Marshal Burgess (SR/Brandon, MB, Canada) for seven runs in the sixth. Hastings scored five times with two outs, and a UJ error led to two unearned runs.

Roundy and Grant Okawa (JR/Mississauga, ON) combined for four of the Jimmies’ five hits. Nelson went 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out three and walking two.

Game 2: Jamestown 5, Hastings 2
Kensaku Akiya tossed seven innings of four-hit ball, allowing just one unearned run while striking out eight as UJ salvaged a split with a 5-2 win.

Akiya improved to 4-0 as he carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and set a personal best with his eight punchouts.

Drake Pilat and Jaden Yackley had run-scoring singles to give Jamestown a 2-0 lead after two.

Tanner Roundy brought in two more runs with a two-out single in the fourth that increased the UJ advantage to 4-0.

The Broncos got on the board in the fifth to make it 4-1, but Grant Okawa would score on a wild pitch in the eighth to push the lead back to 5-1.

Yackley and Roundy both finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Okawa scored three runs and had three of the Jimmies’ seven stolen bases.

Kaleb Binstock (SR/Grand Forks, ND) worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.