JOPLIN, Mo. (Warren Turner Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team doubled its run production from a day ago, but was not able to upend No. 24 Missouri Southern State University Saturday at Warren Turner Field in a 14-6 loss. Center fielder Logan Riedel hit a two-RBI triple, looking to spark a comeback for the Beavers (0-3, 0-0 NSIC) against the Lions (3-0, 0-0 NSIC).
While the pitching game was strong in game one a day ago, the Beavers got on the board within the first inning in Saturday’s game. Third baseman Joey Hanowski drew a leadoff walk on five pitches to place BSU’s first runner on base of the day. After Hanowski advanced to second on a ground out, designated hitter Duane Miller stood at the plate with two outs. He sent the first pitch to left field to drive in Hanowski and take a 1-0 lead.
The Lions also drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half of the inning that would turn into their first run of the day. A double drove in the game-tying run while a single later took the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the first inning.
The Beavers totaled two runners on base in the second and one in the third, without reaching pay dirt. Pitcher Ryan Fransen, making his first start of the season, allowed five base runners in the opening inning before he retired the side in the second. The Lions extended the lead in the bottom of the third inning, adding five runs with a second grand slam in as many days.
A walk in the top of the fourth inning set up the Beavers’ next run, as center fielder Logan Riedel reached base for the second time on the day. With two outs, catcher Gunner Olszewski singled up the middle for his first career RBI. A single and fielding error then loaded the bases for left fielder Scott Litchy, who grounded out to end the inning with three runners stranded. MSSU limited the damage to one run and held on to a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.
Riedel sent a triple to right center to drive in two runs in the fifth inning, but the Lions continued to answer the Beavers’ runs for the remainder of the way. While MSSU added five runs in the fifth inning and its final run in the sixth. The Beavers were able to produce in the sixth and eighth innings, but the one run in each inning was not enough to complete a rally.
Fransen (0-1) finished with the loss for BSU, going 3.0 innings and allowing seven earned runs. He recorded two strikeouts while giving up six hits. Four Beavers pitched in relief with the unit totaling nine earned runs on 13 hits and six strikeouts.
Riedel was one of four Beavers to record two hits. His two-RBI triple was the only run producing at-bat while four other Beavers added RBIs. Riedel and Miller each added a stolen base, both coming within the first two innings.
The Beavers and Lions close out the four-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m.
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).