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|Win: Goertzen (5-4)||1.0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Loss: Heisick (4-3)||1.0||2||1||1||0||0|
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|Win: Katz (2-1)||7.0||6||0||0||0||2|
|Loss: McCashland (3-3)||6.0||9||3||3||0||4|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) – The Bemidji State University baseball team posted a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader split with Minot State University Sunday to conclude the 2014 season. BSU lost game one 3-2 in eight innings and won game two 3-0 to finish 21-22 overall and 15-15 in NSIC play.
The season closed the book on the careers of four seniors, Cole Bjorge (OF, Prior Lake, Minn.), Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.), Miles Campbell (RHP, Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.). The 2014 class finished with a record of 87-100 (.465) and recorded the most wins in a four-year span in program history (63 seasons).
Both teams entered the game with a mathematical shot at making the NSIC Tournament, but needed Southwest Minnesota State University to lose at least one game at home versus Northern State University. SMSU ended up winning both games to earn a spot in the tournament. BSU finished the regular season in ninth place, while Minot State (19-23, 13-15 NSIC) finished 10th.
With the 21-22 record, BSU reached the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season, which stands as a first time in program history.
Bemidji State posted a 12-2 record in one-run games and a 5-2 mark in extra innings this season. The Beavers went 9-5 at home in 2014.
Bemidji State only mustered four hits in the game one loss, but got solid starting pitching from righty Tyler Saeugling (Jr., Dubuque, Iowa). He allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven innings of work. He hurled seven complete innings, fanned four and walked three.
BSU was gifted a run in the second on five walks by the Minot State pitcher, but the visiting Beavers produced a run in the top of the third to even the score 1-1. MISU posted a run in the seventh and BSU was faced with another must-score situation in the series.
Freshman Matt Mastantuono (INF, Mississauga, Ontario) led off the inning with a double to right field, then moved to third on a sophomore Tyler Nelson (SS, Hayfield, Minn.) ground out to second. The next batter, freshman Logan Riedel (OF, Clarissa, Minn.) singled through the right side to plate a run and knot the contest 2-2.
BSU was unable to score any more in the seventh and the game went to extra innings. MISU produced a run on two hits off lefty reliever Nate Heisick (RS-So., Plymouth, Minn.) in to the top half of the eighth to regain the one-run lead at 3-2. Bemidji State was unable to produce any more magic and went down in order in the bottom of the eighth to suffer the loss.
Heisick was pegged with the loss and fell to 4-3.
Redshirt-sophomore Jesse Katz (RHP, Deerfield, Ill.) posted a strong outing in game two to guide BSU to the season-ending victory. He went the distance and allowed no runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The home Beavers produced nine hits, getting three from Nelson (3-for-3 with a run scored).
All three senior batters posted a hit in their final at-bats, while Braun went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
A Braun single to right scored Nelson in the third to give BSU what would be the game-winning run. Riedel produced a sacrifice fly to center to plate Mastantuono in the fifth and freshman Mason Bellew (1B, Bemidji, Minn.) flied out to left in the sixth to score Hanson and the Bemidji State lead was 3-0 heading into the seventh.
Katz gave up one hit in the seventh, but didn’t allow the runner to second, improving to 2-1 in 2014.
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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).