|May 06, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|St. Cloud State||1||0||0||3||3||1||1||9||10||1|
|Win: Siggelkow (4-0)||7.0||4||1||1||2||4|
|Loss: Fransen (4-3)||6.0||9||8||2||1||3|
|May 06, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|St. Cloud State||2||0||0||1||0||5||0||1||0||9||14||1|
|Win: Bolder (2-0)||5.0||1||0||0||3||2|
|Loss: Hadden (0-5)||5.0||11||8||8||5||1|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball program celebrated a day full of events on senior day before facing a sweep against No. 25 St. Cloud State University that cut BSU out of the post-season chase. The Beavers (19-31, 16-22 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fell 9-1 and 9-6 to the Huskies (35-14, 27-11 NSIC) at BSU Baseball Field to finish their season.
St. Cloud State scored the first four runs of the day, crossing one in the top of the first inning and three more off two hits in the fourth. Senior Collin Eckman and sophomore Gunner Olszewski each doubled in the fourth to score Bemidji State first and only run of the day. The Huskies added three runs in the fifth inning off a fielding error in left field, allowing two unearned runs to score. SCSU capped its 9-1 win with one run in each of the sixth and seventh.
BSU starting pitcher Ryan Fransen (4-3) was credited with the loss after going 6.0 innings but allowing just two earned runs of the nine allowed on the day. Huskies pitcher Zach Siggelkow (4-0) threw a complete game in the win with one earned run allowed on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
The Huskies again struck first in game two on two RBI singles by Bo Schmitz and Jackson Goplen to go up 2-0. The Beavers answered right back in the bottom of the first inning by reaching the first four batters of the inning. Junior Scott Litchy knocked in Eckman for BSU’s first run, while senior Ryan Rumpca earned an RBI on a fielder’s choice and senior Duane Miller gave BSU a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Litchy was hit by the first pitch in the bottom of the third inning to set up an RBI triple by Olszewski that was sent to the right field corner. Rumpca followed up Olszewski’s second triple of the season with an RBI ground out to push the Beavers’ lead to 5-2. The Huskies cut the Beavers’ lead to two runs with an RBI ground out in the top of the fourth inning. SCSU broke ahead in the sixth inning on three singles, including a two-RBI ball to center field to begin the scoring, while an RBI fielder’s choice put the Huskies’ lead at 8-5. Another run scored for St. Cloud State in the eighth inning on an RBI single up the middle with two runners on. During the bottom of the eighth, Olszewski tied BSU’s all-time stolen bases mark with 28 in his career after stealing third base.
Bemidji State put up a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning led off by a double from senior Cole Easley down the right field line. A passed ball and wild pitch allowed Easley to cut the deficit to three runs. Senior Ben Boser and Litchy each also reached base with one out to put the game-tying run at the plate. A fly out to left field and ground out to second base ended the game with no more runs crossing.
BSU pitcher Terry Hadden (0-4) took the loss after going through the first 5.0 innings with eight earned runs allowed. Huskies pitcher Kevin Bolder (2-0) threw 5.0 innings with no earned runs allowed and two strikeouts to earn the win.
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).