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|Win: Knaus (3-0)||4.0||10||6||6||2||3|
|Loss: Lesinski (0-4)||3.2||7||8||7||3||2|
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|Win: Lenz (2-0)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Loss: Heisick (2-2)||1.2||2||1||1||0||2|
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Barnes Field) -- Early scoring and continued hitting by senior Tyler Nelson was not enough Saturday in the Bemidji State University baseball series finale doubleheader against Concordia-St. Paul at Barnes Field. The Beavers (3-17, 0-4 NSIC) took the first lead in both an 11-7 game one loss and a 4-3 game two loss against the Golden Bears (11-2, 4-0 NSIC).
Nelson extended his hit streak to 18 games, the second longest for the program since 1998, with a leadoff home run in game one. Catcher Gunner Olszewski also hit a home run, coming in the second game of the day, for his second home run of the season.
Game Three: Beavers 7, Golden Bears 11
Nelson wasted no time extending his current hit streak, putting the Beavers up early with a two-run home run to right center field. His third dinger of the season came before left fielder Scott Litchy doubled and second baseman Duane Miller singled to set up the final two runs to start the game. Center fielder Logan Riedel drove in Litchy and was caught stealing, which allowed Miller to score, to take a 4-0 lead.
The Golden Bears scored three runs in each of the first and the third innings to take their first lead of the game. Shortstop Ben Boser and third baseman Joey Hanowski recorded consecutive hits to lead off the fourth. Nelson and Litchy came up with big hits for the second time driving in Boser and Hanowski to tie the game at 6-6. CSP answered again with three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth. Hanowski drove in one RBI in the seventh to finish the game.
Left-handed pitcher Mark Lesinski (0-4) was recorded with the loss and CSP pitcher Kody Knaus (3-0) earned the win. Lesinski threw 3.2 innings and right-hander Luke Benge (0-1) finished the game in relief.
Nelson finished 2-of-4 from the plate with one home run, three RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. Riedel and Litchy went 2-of-4 and 1-of-2, respectively, with one RBI each.
Game Four: Beavers 3, Golden Bears 4
The Beavers struck first again in game two as Riedel notched his third triple of the season. The three-bagger drove in Miller and catcher Gunner Olszewski for the 2-0 lead. Olszewski extended the lead to 3-0 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second home run of the season and the weekend.
Nelson recorded his first hit of the game to extend his hit streak again in the top of the fifth. The Golden Bears pulled within two runs in the bottom of the fifth following an RBI single before tying the game at three runs apiece in the seventh. CSP took advantage of three consecutive walks with a two-RBI double. An inning later, Concordia-St. Paul scored the eventual game-winning run with a solo home run.
Left-handed pitcher Nate Heisick (2-2) was recorded the loss and Josh Lenz (2-0) was given the win. Right-hander Ryan Fransen started on the mound for the Beavers and finished 6.1 innings with three strikeouts.
Nelson finished with two hits, including a double, while Riedel tallied two RBIs and Olszewski added one. Bellew also recorded a double in game four.
Bemidji State continues NSIC action with a four-game series at Minnesota State University Mankato April 2-3. The Beavers and Mavericks begin the series at 12 p.m. Saturday with the final doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. Sunday.
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).