OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jim Wade Stadium) -- Sunday’s series finale between the Bemidji State University baseball team and Oklahoma City University featured a defensive battle until OCU used an eighth inning rally to win, 4-1. Right fielder Tyler Nelson extended an 11-game hitting streak for the Beavers (2-10, 0-0 NSIC) in a gloomy day against the Stars (17-7).
Starting pitcher Mark Lesinski began the day with a quality start in his second start of the season. He faced four batters above the minimum through seven innings and tallied three strikeouts. The Stars were shut out through the first seven innings before taking their first lead of the day.
The Beavers faced a similar day as the Stars to begin the game, recording the first of their seven hits in the third inning as first baseman Mason Bellew knocked a double over the head of the right fielder. BSU took the game’s first lead in the sixth inning after shortstop Collin Eckman advanced to second from an OSU error. Right fielder Tyler Nelson followed with a two-out single up the middle to drive Eckman home for the team’s only run of the day.
The Stars took their first and final lead of the day in the bottom of the eighth inning, beginning the bottom half with a solo home run. OSU finished with four runs in the inning.
Nelson finished with three of BSU’s seven hits on the day, including his fourth triple of the season. The three-bagger put him one shy of the program’s single-season record. Bellew, designated hitter Mason Cisneros and center fielder Logan Riedel added the other hits of the day.
Lesinski (0-2) took the loss after completing 7.0 innings on 85 pitches. Riedel entered in the eighth inning in relief of Lesinski.
Bemidji State continues its spring trip at 5 p.m. tomorrow against No. 10 Lubbock Christian University. The Beavers and Chaparrals play a one-game series for BSU’s fourth tilt of the spring trip.
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).