|April 15, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Lesinski (1-5)||5.1||7||5||4||2||2|
|Loss: Johnson (1-4)||3.0||8||7||7||3||1|
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|Win: Riedel (1-0)||2.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Loss: Miller (2-4)||8.0||10||7||7||4||4|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Catcher Mason Cisneros put a cap on the Bemidji State University baseball team’s opening doubleheader sweep over University of Sioux Falls with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth of game two. Right fielder Tyler Nelson and designated hitter/relief pitcher Logan Riedel combined for five home runs on the day to secure 12-5 and 7-6 wins for the Beavers (8-26, 5-13 NSIC) over the Cougars (13-16, 7-6 NSIC).
Game One: Cougars 5, Beavers 12
The 20 mile-per-hour winds blowing out to left field played a major role early in game one, helping three home runs leave the field in the first inning. After Sioux Falls began the top half with a solo shot, right fielder Tyler Nelson and designated hitter Logan Riedel sent two bombs out to take a 5-1 lead. Riedel’s second home run of the season, though, was out to right field despite the winds.
The Beavers brought in one run in each of the second and third innings to bring the lead to four runs again, 7-3. Bemidji State pitching held Sioux Falls to two additional runs the rest of the way. Two wild pitches, two singles and a double capped a six-run sixth inning for BSU.
Starting pitcher Mark Lesinski (1-5) earned his first career win with Bemidji State after throwing 5.1 innings with seven hits allowed and two strikeouts. Sioux Falls starting pitcher Dan Johnson (1-4) took the loss after allowing seven earned runs and two home runs. Beavers relief pitcher Logan Riedel entered to finish the final 1.2 innings with one strikeout and no hits allowed.
Game Two: Cougars 6, Beavers 7
The Beavers kept the bats hot in the first inning of game two to take a 3-1 lead. Center fielder Nick Hovila singled up the middle to drive in the team’s first run before Nelson hit a two-run shot past the left field wall to give the Beavers their first and final lead of the game.
Bemidji State again put up a three run inning in the third, lead off by Nelson’s second home run of the game and third of the day. His solo shot was followed up by Riedel’s second home run of the day, a two-run dinger to right field, to give BSU a 6-2 lead. The Cougars scored two runs in each of the sixth and eighth innings to tie the game at 6-6.
Rain started to come down at BSU Baseball Field near the end of the eighth inning. Riedel made an impactful catch in the top of the ninth as he snagged a come back liner and threw out the potential go-ahead score on third to end the threat. The first three batter of the bottom half were put on bases by balls and a hit by pitch to set up Cisneros at the plate with no outs. The Sioux Falls defense moved the left fielder to the infield, expecting a bunt, but Cisneros took the second pitch to left field to secure the walk-off win, 7-6.
Starting pitcher Jack Stigman (2-3) finished with a no decision, throwing 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts, seven hits allowed and two earned runs. Relief pitchers Cody Benson, Michael Herd and Riedel (1-0) threw in the game to close out the win for Bemidji State. Sioux Falls starting pitcher Zachary Miller (2-4) took the loss after 7.0 innings thrown, seven earned runs and five extra base hits allowed.
The Beavers and Cougars close out the four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow at BSU Baseball Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. A make-up date of Sunday is scheduled if rain is present tomorrow.
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).