TUCSON, Ariz. – Bemidji State University baseball had its final game on its spring trip in Tucson Saturday morning as it played a nonconference game against Southwest Minnesota State University. The Mustangs got out to a 7-0 jump with the Beavers making a comeback in the top of the ninth inning that fell short to fall 7-3.
Southwest Minnesota State got out to a 1-0 start in the first inning off a sacrifice fly, scoring Patrick Rients who had doubled to get the bats going on one out. SMSU would put up another two runs in the second off a double and a groundout.
The Mustangs held onto a 3-0 lead until the fifth, when they extended their lead to 4-0 and continued putting up runs on the Beavers with one in the sixth and two in the seventh for a 7-0 edge.
It was not until the top of the ninth inning when BSU got on the board. With two outs Dylan Webb started the bats posting a double down the left field line and was followed up by Mason Bellew hitting a single to right center. Collin Eckman reached on a SMSU fielding error to score two runs and a double by Logan Riedel would make it a 7-3 game.
Bemidji State was unable to keep the inning alive as it ended its time in Arizona falling to the Mustangs, 7-3.
Webb and Bellew led the Beavers at the plate with each going 2-for-4 and scoring one run. Webb’s included his double in the ninth inning. Bo Schmitz, Scott Litchy and Riedel all added one hit in the game.
Starting on the mound in the final game in Arizona was Terry Hadden as he pitched six innings and struck out seven batters. Hadden moves his record to 0-4 on the season. Coming in as relief for the Beavers was Evan Rowe and Collin Rutledge each for one inning.
In the game, the Beavers tallied seven hits to the Mustangs 11 but only recorded two errors compared to SMSU’s three. BSU only left eight runners on base without scoring, while Southwest Minnesota State had left 15 on base in the game.
Bemidji State, now 3-12 overall, will be back in action March 21-22 as they kick of the 2015 NSIC schedule at Winona State University. Doubleheaders are set to start at 12 p.m. both days. The Mustangs improve to 5-7 on the season.
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).