|April 19, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Alexander (5-2)||7.0||6||2||1||1||9|
|Loss: Riedel (2-3)||6.0||4||5||5||3||8|
|April 19, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Benge (2-1)||2.0||3||0||0||0||0|
|Loss: LaCroix (2-1)||1.0||1||1||0||0||0|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Senior outfielder/pitcher Logan Riedel and sophomore catcher Gunner Olszewski helped Bemidji State University baseball salvage a doubleheader split against Minot State University Wednesday afternoon at BSU Baseball Field in Bemidji, Minn., after each totaling four hits on the day. Bemidji State improves to 13-23 and 10-14 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with a 5-4 win in game two, led by two RBI from Olszewski and one from Riedel, while Minot State goes to 21-13 and 16-10 in conference action.
Riedel created momentum for Bemidji State through the first five innings on the mound and at the plate, allowing just three base runners and setting up BSU’s first lead of the game. Riedel led off BSU’s half of the third inning with his second triple of the season, setting up an RBI single by junior outfielder Cole Easley. Riedel also totaled seven of his eight strikeouts through the first four innings but a home run by MiSU outfielder Jordan Schulz in the fourth tied the game at 1-1.
Minot State pulled away in the sixth inning with runs off a double, sacrifice fly and two-run home run to go up, 5-1. BSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and crossed one run on a throwing error but couldn’t pull any closer.
Riedel (2-3) took the loss after going 6.0 innings and allowing five earned runs on four hits while tying a career-high eight strikeouts. Minot State pitcher Tanner Alexander (5-2) threw a complete game win and allowed one earned run on six hits with nine strikeouts.
Minot State took the first lead of game two after advancing runners on the corners with a single to left field. With two runners on and no outs, a double play and fly out ended the damage to a 1-0 lead for MiSU after the second inning. A single up the middle by freshman designated hitter Noah Boser and a walk by junior outfielder Scott Litchy set up sophomore Gunner Olszewski with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 1-1. A hit by pitch and walk from Minot State gave Bemidji State two additional runs in the third to put BSU up, 3-1.
Olszewski recorded his second RBI of the game in the bottom of the fourth, a double to left center field, to bring home Ben Boser and give BSU a 4-1 advantage. Minot State tied the game after one run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth, all on singles. Junior Kai Haake came in to pinch run in the bottom of the eighth and after advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt, was brought home on a MiSU error to give BSU a 5-4 lead.
Bemidji State senior pitcher Luke Benge (2-1) was credited with the win after throwing 2.0 innings and allowing no runs. Junior pitcher Connor McNallan earned his second save of the season after closing out the ninth inning with one strikeout and one hit allowed. Minot State pitcher Mark LaCroix (2-1) took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run on one hit allowed to BSU in 1.0 inning pitched.
Bemidji State remains at home to host No. 19 Minnesota State University Mankato for a four-game series April 22-23. The Beavers and Mavericks throw the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a 12 p.m. start time Sunday at BSU Baseball Field.
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).