|March 03, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Lesinski (1-0)||6.0||5||0||0||2||2|
|Loss: Beatty (1-2)||5.2||6||5||4||2||6|
LIBERTY, Mo. (Talley Baseball Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University baseball squad opened the 2017 with a 10-3 win over William Jewell College behind the bats of senior infielders Matt Mastantuono and Duane Miller, who combined for eight RBI, Friday afternoon from Talley Baseball Stadium. The Beavers improve to 1-0 on the season with their first season-opening win since 2014 while sending the Cardinals to 3-4.
Senior outfielder Logan Riedel began the day with a leadoff triple off the right center field wall on the first pitch of the day to set up the Beavers’ early run production. Junior outfielder Scott Litchy brought Riedel home with a sacrifice fly while and an error drove in senior designated hitter Ryan Rumpca to take a quick 2-0 lead. Miller added the first of his three RBIs on the day in the third while bringing in Riedel off a single through the left side. Mastantuono brought in the first two of his five RBIs in the sixth inning off a single to right field.
Mastantuono added his final three RBIs in the eighth inning with his first career home run, a shot past the left field fence to score Miller and Litchy. Miller joined the home run club in the ninth with two insurance runs, sending the ball over the left field fence for his first career dinger at BSU.
Senior starting pitcher Mark Lesinski (1-0) finished with the win after throwing for 6.0 innings with two strikeouts. Senior pitcher Luke Benge entered the game in the seventh, going 2.0 innings with two strikeouts and two hits allowed. Junior pitcher Jack Wittwer finished the game on the mound with one strikeout. Brendan Beatty (1-2) took the loss for the Cardinals after allowing five runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
Bemidji State and William Jewell play the second of the three-game series Saturday in Liberty, Mo., at 1 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).