|March 11, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|St. Cloud State||4||3||1||4||3||3||0||0||X||18||23||6|
|Win: Sanderson (1-0)||3.2||4||0||0||1||3|
|Loss: Heisick (0-1)||3.0||12||9||7||1||1|
TUCSON, Ariz. (Keno Sports Complex) – The Bemidji State University baseball team battled back from an early 7-1 deficit to trail 8-7 through three and a half innings, but St. Cloud State University continued to produce runs and the Beavers fell to the Huskies, 18-9 in a nonconference contest Tuesday at the Keno Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
After trailing 7-1 after two, the Beavers (3-2) posted two runs in the third on a double from senior Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.). SCSU got one back in the bottom half of the frame and BSU entered the fourth trailing 8-3. The Beavers then posted a four-spot in the fourth.
BSU started the inning with three straight hits, with the third coming off the bat of sophomore Tyler Nelson (3B, Hayfield, Minn.), a double that plated freshman Collin Eckman (SS, Little Falls, Minn.). Sophomore Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) grounded out, but scored senior Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.). A Braun single to right allowed Nelson to cross home plate. With two outs, a Bo Schmitz (Fr., C/OF, St. Cloud, Minn.) single to right allowed Braun to score and cut the deficit to just one at 8-7.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, St. Cloud State matched the run output in the bottom half of the inning with four of its own and the deficit was back to five at 12-7. Three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth by the Huskies pushed the lead to 18-7 and out of reach for Bemidji State. BSU scored its final two runs of the game in the top of the ninth inning.
Braun went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Nelson also totaled three hits, as he went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. The Beavers totaled 14 runs, while allowing 23 to the Huskies. Sophomore left-hander Nate Heisick (Plymouth, Minn.) suffered the loss, as he allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in three innings.
The Beavers battle Southwest Minnesota State University Wednesday in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).