|March 27, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: McNallan (2-2)||7.0||5||1||0||2||2|
|Loss: Karlin-Kamin (1-2)||3.2||9||5||3||1||4|
|March 27, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Fransen (2-1)||6.0||6||2||2||1||7|
|Loss: Mutter (1-1)||5.2||8||4||4||2||6|
WINONA, Minn. (Loughrey Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball pitching staff threw two quality outings to take a doubleheader sweep of Winona State University Monday at Loughrey Field in Winona, Minn. The BSU (7-13) pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts, nine from the starters, while senior Collin Eckman and junior outfielder Scott Litchy each knocked out home runs in the team’s first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series win this season.
Winona State took the first lead for the second time in the series with a run scored off an error in the bottom of the second. The run was the only one scored by WSU on the day as BSU took its first lead of the day in the third inning. Senior Ben Boser hit his third double of the season to set up senior Ryan Rumpca with an RBI single to center field. Junior Scott Litchy knocked out his second home run of the season to bring Rumpca home and give the Beavers a 3-1 lead. Senior Mason Bellew and Rumpca each drove in one run in the fourth inning before Litchy tacked on his third RBI of the day in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, giving Bemidji State a 6-1 lead.
BSU starting pitcher Connor McNallan (2-2) threw his second complete game in a row while recording the win. The junior went 7.0 innings with two strikeouts and allowed five hits and no earned runs. Warriors starting pitcher Daniel Karlin-Kamin (1-2) took the loss after going 3.2 innings with three earned runs allowed on nine hits with four strikeouts.
Litchy got BSU off to a quick start in the first inning of game two with his second home run of the day and third of the season, a solo shot to right field. Senior Collin Eckman followed Litchy’s lead with his first dinger of the season and seventh of his career, a solo home run in the third inning to give BSU a 2-0 lead. After a Warriors RBI single in the third inning, Boser recorded his first triple of the season to set up an RBI single by freshman Noah Boser in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. Eckman drove in his second and BSU’s final run of the day on a single to shortstop to go up 4-1.
Beavers starting pitcher Ryan Fransen (2-1) earned the win after throwing 6.0 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts, one shy of his career high. Junior Michael Herd completed 1.0 inning with two strikeouts and no hits allowed while senior Logan Riedel switched from outfielder to pitch the final two innings with two strikeouts and two hits allowed. Warriors starting pitcher Aaron Mutter (1-1) finished with the loss for WSU after 5.2 innings and four earned runs allowed on eight hits.
Bemidji State opens its home schedule Wednesday, March 29 against Concordia University-St. Paul at BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers and Golden Bears play a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. in Bemidji, Minn.
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).