|April 16, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Anderson (2-3)||5.0||11||5||5||1||4|
|Loss: Hadden (0-5)||0.2||6||9||8||1||1|
|April 16, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Fransen (1-4)||8.0||10||5||4||1||1|
|Loss: Lazar (0-2)||2.2||11||8||7||1||0|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Seniors Joey Hanowski and Tyler Nelson placed themselves among the Bemidji State University baseball program’s best hitters ever Saturday in a split against University of Sioux Falls at BSU Baseball Field. The duo broke the career hits record and the single-season hits record in a 12-8, game four win to secure a series win for the Beavers (9-27, 6-14 NSIC) over the Cougars (14-17, 8-7 NSIC).
Coming into the day, Hanowski was three hits shy of tying the program’s career hits record and would see the record broken in the final game of the series. Nelson placed himself atop the single-season hit list during the win as well as he entered the day two away from tying the mark. Hanowski and Nelson finished the first game, a 17-13 loss, with two hits each to set up their milestone hits in the second game of the day. Hanowski also leads the all-time walks record with 76, 12 higher than second place.
Game Three: Cougars 17, Beavers 13
Though the wind was modest compared to the first day of the series, the opening game of the final doubleheader featured more scoring than either the day before. The Cougars jumped to a 10-0 lead after the top of the first to set up the Beavers’ rally attempt late in the game.
First baseman Mason Bellew, shortstop Collin Eckman and left fielder Scott Litchy added one run each through the first five innings. Facing a 17-6 deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bemidji State bats came alive for an eight-run frame.
Litchy and fellow outfielder Tyler Nelson led off the final frame with back-to-back solo home runs and spark the Bemidji State lineup. A wild pitch brought center fielder Nick Hovila home before third baseman Ryan Rumpca singled in his only RBI of the day. Nelson came to the plate for his second appearance of the inning and again came through with an RBI single through the left side. The Cougars walked in two additional runs with bases loaded. The potential game-tying run at the plate was eventually sent down on a ground out to end the game.
Starting pitcher Terry Hadden (0-5) was recorded with the loss after throwing 0.2 innings. The Cougars’ starter Patrick Anderson (2-3) earned the win with 5.0 innings pitched, 11 hits and five earned runs.
Game Four: Cougars 8, Beavers 12
Nelson helped Bemidji State take an early lead in the final game of the series with a sacrifice fly to center field for his only RBI of the game. The Cougars tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning but a high-scoring bottom half put the Beavers up for good.
Litchy belted his first of two home runs on the day to right center field with one out to score three runs. Second baseman Duane Miller singled, Hanowski walked and catcher Gunner Olszewski singled to produce four two-out runs and take an 8-1 lead. The Beavers matched the Cougars runs through the remainder of the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings.
Litchy knocked in the runs in the sixth with his second home run over the hitter’s eye in straight away center field. Nelson scored on the home run after topping the program’s single-season hit record with 63 on the year. Olszewski hit his second triple of the season to produce the runs in the eighth. A throwing error to third went into the BSU dugout, allowing Olszewski to head home on the play.
Hanowski needed two hits coming into the game to break the BSU career record for hits with 188. In his first two at bats, he produced singles to hit the mark and be placed among the program’s best ever.
Starting pitcher Ryan Fransen (1-4) earned the win after throwing 8.0 innings with four earned runs and one strikeout. Sioux Falls’ starter Christian Lazar (0-2) took the loss with 2.2 innings pitched, 11 hits and seven earned runs.
Bemidji State travels to Minot, N.D., April 20 to take on Minot State University in a two-game series. The “Beaver Bash” begins at 1:30 p.m. with game two following the conclusion.
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).