Beavers fall in doubleheader sweep to open series against Mavericks

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Minnesota State102003X681
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Roach (2-2) 4.161122
Loss: Hadden (0-4) 6.086611
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Litchy (BSU) 402000
Riedel (BSU) 212010
Toth (MSU) 312000
Hart (MSU) 312200
April 03, 2016123456789RHE
Bemidji State0010120026123
Minnesota State33203000X11163
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Rodning (2-1) 6.094244
Loss: Stigman (1-3) 2.288833
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Nelson (BSU) 513000
Litchy (BSU) 513000
Waldek (MSU) 313010
Beavers fall in doubleheader sweep to open series against Mavericks
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Beavers fall in doubleheader sweep to open series against Mavericks

MANKATO, Minn. (MSU Baseball Complex) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team faced early deficits Sunday in the series opening doubleheader at Minnesota State University Mankato, falling in both, 6-3 and 11-6, at the MSU Baseball Complex.

Right fielder Tyler Nelson reached base for the 20th consecutive game this season but saw his 18-game hit streak, the program’s second longest in history, come to an end. Nelson was the only Beavers starter to not record a hit in game one while all but two starters in game two recorded a hit.

Game One: Beavers 3, Mavericks 6

Facing a 1-0 deficit in the third inning, center fielder Logan Riedel and shortstop Collin Eckman hit singles for Bemidji State’s first of the day. One runner was stranded while the Mavericks pulled away to a 3-0 lead in the bottom half. Riedel doubled in the fifth inning to set up BSU’s first run of the day. Second baseman Duane Miller singled through the right side to cut the Mavericks’ lead to 3-1.

The Beavers loaded the bases in the sixth inning with one out but a double play ended the scoring opportunity. BSU scored runs on back-to-back plays in the seventh inning and out-hit MSU, 11-8, but the Mavericks held on for the 6-3 win.

Riedel finished hitting 2-of-2 with one double and one run while left fielder Scott Litchy went 2-of-4 with one double. All but one of the Beavers’ starters recorded at least one hit. Starting pitcher Terry Hadden (0-4) was recorded with the loss and Dalton Roach earned the win for Minnesota State.

Game Two: Beavers 6, Mavericks 11

The Mavericks broke out to another 3-0 lead early in game two with a three-run home run in the bottom half of the first inning. MSU followed in the second inning with another three runs, coming from an RBI double and a two-run home run, to push the lead to 6-0.

Nelson provided the Beavers’ first hit through the first two innings, after his 18-game hit streak came to an end in game one of the series. Litchy reached base on a throwing error in the second inning but was left stranded after a two-out ground out. Bemidji State cut into the Minnesota State lead in the third inning as Riedel advanced home on a wild pitch.

Bemidji State took advantage of a bases loaded opportunity in the sixth inning to drive in two runs off a wild pitch and a single by third baseman Joey Hanowski. Two strikeouts with the bases loaded ended the sixth and continued MSU’s 11-4 lead. Designated hitter Nick Hovila and Nelson came home in the ninth for the Beavers’ final runs of the day.

Litchy and Nelson each went 3-of-5 from the plate with one run scored and one double. Starting pitcher Jack Stigman (1-3) took the loss for Bemidji State while Brody Rodning recorded the win for Minnesota State.

The Beavers and Mavericks close the four-game series with a doubleheader at 12 and 2 p.m. Monday at the MSU Baseball Complex.

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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).

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