JOPLIN, Mo. (Warren Turner Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team fell in a weekend sweep to Missouri Southern State University, 14-2, Sunday at Warren Turner Field. The Beavers (0-4, 0-0 NSIC) earned two runs in the ninth inning, but the late scores fell short to the Lions (4-0, 0-0 NSIC).
The Beavers totaled five runners on base through the first three innings, including a leadoff single by third baseman Joey Hanowski. One runner was able to move into scoring position each of the first three innings, but MSSU held the runners to end each inning. The Lions lit up the scoreboard first, though, as a home run, triple and single drove in a total of four runs in the bottom of the second inning.
MSSU continued to add runs over the third and fourth innings, taking a 9-0 lead into the fifth. Another home run in the seventh inning pushed the run-advantage to 12-0 for the Lions.
Right fielder Tyler Nelson gave BSU a late opportunity to get on the board, as he notched his second triple of the weekend. The leadoff triple of the eighth inning, followed later by a hit by pitch, fell empty as the next two batters struck out and the final batter of the top half grounded out.
The Beavers earned their only runs in the top of the ninth inning after the bases were loaded with two outs. Left fielder Scott Litchy reached base on a throwing error, which allowed catcher Matthew Wixon and center fielder Nick Hovila to score BSU’s only two runs of the day.
Pitcher Zach Petray (0-1) took his first loss of the season while throwing two innings and totaling four earned runs. Three Beavers finished the game on the mound in relief. Hanowski, Hovila and Nelson recorded the Beavers’ only hits of the day, as each tallied two.
Bemidji State takes a three week break before traveling to Truman State University and William Jewell College March 4-6.
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).