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|Win: Heisick (3-3)||5.0||4||3||2||0||5|
|Loss: Manderbach (2-2)||4.0||5||6||2||3||2|
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|Win: Gonzales (1-1)||1.0||1||0||0||2||2|
|Loss: Chevalier (0-1)||1.1||1||2||2||3||2|
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Fossum Field) -- Freshman catcher Gunner Olszewski and the Bemidji State University baseball team offense powered their way to the first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wins of the season with a two-game sweep over Northern State University. Olszewski finished with two of the Beavers’ (5-21, 2-8 NSIC) four home runs on the day, including the game two go-ahead score in the ninth inning against the Wolves (11-9, 4-4 NSIC).
Game One: Beavers 9, Wolves 6
Bemidji State got ahead on the scoreboard early to begin the day, as left fielder Scott Litchy advanced to home on a passed ball after leading off the second inning with a walk. Northern State came back in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run to take its first lead of the day. The lead, though, didn’t last long due to a five run fourth inning by the Beavers to take a 6-2 lead. Olszewski capped the final scoring in the inning with a two-run home run down the left field line.
A two-RBI double from Litchy and an RBI single by designated hitter Mason Cisneros kept Northern State’s final runs of the day quiet in Bemidji State’s first conference win.
Cisneros and Litchy each totaled three hits and two RBIs in the game. Four Beavers recorded one hit, including Olszewski’s home run.
Starting pitcher Nate Heisick (3-3) made his first start of the season and earned the win throwing 5.0 innings with five strikeouts. He allowed four hits with no walks. Relief pitcher Logan Riedel finished the game throwing 2.0 innings and allowing two hits.
Game Two: Beavers 9, Wolves 5
The Beavers struck first again as a single from center fielder Nick Hovila set up an RBI single by Litchy. Both teams took turns holding the lead over the next three innings. After the Wolves scored two runs in the bottom of the second, right fielder Tyler Nelson took advantage of a lead off walk and sent a two-RBI home run past the center field wall. Northern State scored three runs in the bottom half of the frame to retake the lead.
Bemidji State put up six unanswered runs between the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead for good. Designated hitter Logan Riedel led off the fourth with a solo shot to right field followed by two RBI singles by Hovila and Nelson, and a sacrifice fly by Litchy to hold a 7-5 advantage. The Beavers brought home two two-out runs in the fifth, thanks again to Hovila and Nelson RBI singles.
Northern State put four runs on the board during the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 9-9. Shortstop Collin Eckman led off the ninth inning with a walk to set up Olszewski’s go-ahead two-run home run, his second long ball of the day. Relief pitcher Logan Riedel entered the bottom half of the ninth on the mound with an 11-9 lead for the save opportunity. He struck out the first and final batters to seal the victory.
Hovila and Nelson each recorded three hits with two and four RBIs, respectively. Litchy and Olszewski finished with two hits each, including Litchy’s second double of the day and Olszewski’s fourth home run of the season.
Starting pitcher Zack Petray (1-1) finished his day strong with one run allowed in the final three innings of six on the day. He finished with no decision as the game went tied after his departure. Relief pitcher Patrick Gonzalez (1-1) earned his first win of the season throwing two strikeouts in one inning.
Bemidji State opens the 2016 home schedule April 9-10 as Winona State University enters BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers and Warriors face a four-game series with Saturday’s doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 12 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).