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Win: Hadden (3-1) 5.0118732
Loss: Steckler (2-3) 2.105572
Webb (BSU) 312410
Riedel (BSU) 402200
Mack (MARY) 413310
Shaul (MARY) 413100
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Bemidji State10401033012111
Win: Rumpca (1-0) 5.210008
Loss: Schuchard (0-1) 0.123320
Nelson (BSU) 634000
Somerville (MARY) 533400
Big innings lift Beavers to twin bill sweep at U-Mary; NDSU game canceled
Monday, April 7, 2014
Big innings lift Beavers to twin bill sweep at U-Mary; NDSU game canceled
Photo Courtesy of Mary Nelson

BISMARCK, N.D. (U-Mary Field) – The Bemidji State University baseball team posted five, three-plus run innings to lift it to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep at University of Mary Monday. BSU trailed by at least four runs in both games, but recorded 10-9 and 12-10 wins, respectfully, to improve to 11-10 overall, 3-5 in league play.

In game one, the Beavers scored a run before they recorded a hit. Down 4-0 after the first and hitless through two innings, BSU drew four walks early in the third frame to post a gifted run. The Beavers then strung together three hits to post a six-run third inning to take the 6-4 lead. Freshman Bo Schmitz (C/OF, St. Cloud, Minn.) delivered a two-RBI single in the inning.

The Marauders (8-20, 3-9 NSIC) quickly responded and scored three runs of their own in the bottom half to regain the lead 7-6. A four-run fourth by the Beavers tipped the scale back in the favor of the road team, as BSU held on to a 10-7 lead through four. Two more walks in the fourth aided the Beavers in loading the bases, then the hero from game two Sunday, junior Dylan Webb (INF, Ahwatukee, Ariz.), ripped a two-out, bases-clearing double to left center. He then scored on a freshman Logan Reidel (RHP/OF, Clarissa, Minn.) single to right.

U-Mary scored a single run in the fifth to cut the deficit to 10-8, then posted two out rally in the bottom of the seventh, as it scored a run to get within one, but stranded two as the game ended on a strikeout. The Marauders outhit BSU 13-9 and left 11 runners on base, compared to eight by the Beavers. Both teams committed three errors.

Webb finished the game going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored. Riedel also posted a multi-hit game, as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Freshman right-hander Terry Hadden (Elk River, Minn.) hurled five innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Ryan Rumpca (RHP, Ramsey, Minn.) threw one inning of relief before junior Drake Huggans (Greenley, Colo) entered the game in search of a save. He allowed the one run on two hits, but got all three outs in the seventh with strikeouts. The save was his fifth of the season.

Game two was another big inning, back-and-forth affair. A single run by BSU in the first gave it a lead that only lasted a half inning, as U-Mary recorded three runs in the first. In the third, Bemidji State was able to score three runs before the Marauders could post an out, as sophomore Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) doubled to left center to plate two, then scored on a senior Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) double to center field. BSU added one more run before the end of the frame and led 5-3.

Again the Marauders responded in the bottom half and matched the four-run output to take the 7-5 lead. The home team extended the advantage with three-spot in the fourth to open the 10-5 lead. The Marauder lead dipped to 10-6 when Hanowski lifted his first-career home run over the left field fence in the fifth.

A scoreless sixth led to a three-run seventh by the Beavers to get within just one at 10-9. With two outs and the bases loaded, Hanowski came across to score on a balk, then Webb singled through the left side to plate two more.

The eighth saw three runs on two hits and a U-Mary error to hand the road team a 12-10 lead. The error allowed the game-tying run to score, then a Braun sacrifice fly to center field enabled senior outfielder Chad Hanson (St. Paul, Minn.) to cross home plate for what would be the game-winning tally. A Schmitz sacrifice fly to center scored an insurance run, as BSU went on to take three out of four on the NSIC road trip.

Sophomore righty Jesse Katz (Deerfield, Ill.) started and allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts. Rumpca returned the mound after hurling an inning in game one and threw 5.2 innings in the nightcap. He allowed just one hit in the appearance and fanned eight Marauder batters. The win went to Rumpa, his first of the season.

Both teams recorded 11 hits, while sophomore Tyler Nelson (INF, Hayfield, Minn.) posted a four-hit game, as he went 4-for-6 with three runs scored. Hanowski went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, three runs scored and drew two walks. Nelson was batting in the two-hole, while Hanowski was in the third spot. The leadoff man, Hanson, went 2-for-6 with two runs, giving the 1-2-3 hitters eight hits, three RBIs and eight runs scored.

The Beavers were scheduled to travel to North Dakota State University Tuesday for a nonconference doubleheader, but the game has been canceled. Bemidji State will have to assess the field conditions of BSU Baseball Field and make a decision on hosting Wayne State College Wednesday in an NSIC doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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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).