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Win: Belter (2-0) 1.122021
Loss: Huggans (0-1) 1.033301
Johnson (MSU) 523000
Kramer (MSU) 323110
Litchy (BSU) 512300
Bellew (BSU) 412301
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Bemidji State0710372020216
Win: Howell (5-0) 3.195413
Loss: Stigman (1-5) 1.269212
Dresel (MSU) 745310
Eckman (BSU) 454713
Hanowski (BSU) 534110
Eckman hits three home runs as Beavers fall to No. 7 Minnesota State
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Eckman hits three home runs as Beavers fall to No. 7 Minnesota State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team started a four-game doubleheader against No. 7 Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday afternoon. The Beavers racked up a combined 27 hits, including five home runs and five doubles but dropped two as they fell in the duo by scores of 10-9 and 41-20.

Bemidji State, now 10-21, 7-9 NSIC, and Minnesota State will be back in action Sunday for its final doubleheader of the four game series. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. from BSU Baseball Field. The Mavericks improve to 21-4 overall and 11-3 in the NSIC.

Bemidji State Highlights

  • Collin Eckman hit three home runs in game two against Minnesota State, including a three-run and a two-run home run. Eckman ended the game going 4-for-4 and added in seven RBI.
  • Jake Tuholsky hit his first home run of the season in game two and was 3-for-4 from the plate. Tuholsky was second on the team with five RBI.
  • Also posting his first home run of the season was Mason Bellew with a solo shot in game one. Mason finished the two-game set going 1-for-6 in the box.
  • Going 5-for-9 from the plate in the doubleheader was Joey Hanowski, which included two doubles.
  • The Beavers recorded 29 runs in the two games off 27 hits and committed seven errors.
  • In game one, the Beavers rallied in the sixth inning after trailing to the Mavericks 7-3 as they put up six runs to take a 9-7 lead. BSU came up short though in the seventh to fall after MSU scored three runs in the top half of the inning.
  • Drake Huggans was the pitcher of record after pitching one inning. Also in game one, Cody Benson pitched 2.2 innings and starter Terry Hadden saw 3.1 innings on the mound.
  • Game two, was largely a pitching game and a home run game as the teams combined to chart nine home runs in the game. 
  • Bemidji State pitched eight in game two as starter Jack Stigman earned the loss with 1.2 inning of work. Jesse Katz and Parker Havel each saw two innings for the most on the mound.

Minnesota State Highlights

  • The Mavericks combined for 53 hits, including eight home runs and 51 runs in the two games.
  • MSU’s 41 runs in game two is a new program record for most runs in a game.
  • In game one for MSU, Junior Dakota Belter picked up the win and moved to 2-0 after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing two unearned runs.
  • Kevin Kramer paced the offense in game one, going a perfect 3-for-3.
  • Max Waletich posted two home runs in game one, which were his first of the season and ended the game going 2-for-5. Waletich led the team with four RBI.
  • The Mavericks used eight different pitchers in game two with freshman Christian Howell getting the win, pushing his record to 5-0 on the year.
  • Minnesota State put up 14 runs in the top of the eighth inning in game two, sealing the 41-20 victory.
  • Leading the Mavericks at the plate in game two was left fielder Taylor Brandstad as he was 4-for-5, including a double.

Both teams combined broke the NCAA Division II baseball record for the most hits in a game with 56 in game two, which was previously set in 1993 with 52 hits. Southern Indiana and St. Joseph’s (Ind.) were the teams that previously held the combined hits record of 52 in a game. The teams are now second in combined runs scored in a game with 61 right behind St. Francis (Ill.) and Robert Morris (Ill.), which scored 71 in 1996.

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).