Hadden throws strong game one, BSU falls in sweep to MSSU

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Win: Walker (1-0) 8.030015
Loss: Hadden (0-1) 7.221136
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Riedel (BSU) 301000
Mastantuono (BSU) 201010
Gorski (MSSU) 401000
Steele (MSSU) 301100
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Win: Hutchinson (1-0) 6.052214
Loss: Stigman (0-1) 3.189923
Hanowski (BSU) 523000
Gorski (MSSU) 524100
Hadden throws strong game one, BSU falls in sweep to MSSU
Friday, February 12, 2016
Hadden throws strong game one, BSU falls in sweep to MSSU

JOPLIN, Mo. (Warren Turner Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball pitcher Terry Hadden showed he was ready for the 2016 season to begin as he threw an impressive game but fell on the wrong end of Friday’s sweep to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. The Beavers (0-2, 0-0 NSIC) had a chance to score late in a 1-0 loss before the Lions (2-0, 0-0 MIAA) pulled away in the fourth inning of a 15-3 win for MSSU.

Hadden came out hot to begin game one of the doubleheader, recording five strikeouts and facing two batters above the minimum through five innings. He tallied two strikeouts through the first two innings before allowing his first hit of the day in the third. Hadden added back-to-back strikeouts to end the fifth inning.

The Beavers’ offense provided early opportunity while putting runners on the bases in each of the first two innings. With two outs in the first, Scott Litchy singled to first base but would be left stranded as Duane Miller flied out. Logan Riedel notched the Beavers’ next hit, a single to second base. Matt Mastantuono drew a walk to advance Riedel to second but again with two outs, a strikeout by the following batter ended the second inning.

Mastantuono brought some life to Bemidji State late as he singled to right center with one out in the top of the eighth inning. The next two batters were sent down, though, to leave the runner stranded. Neither team fully gained traction offensively until the bottom of the eighth inning as Hadden walked his third batter of the day. The Lions moved the runner over with a sac bunt while the next batter sent the runner home with a double down the left field line. Hadden retired one more batter before Mark Lesinski came in for relief.

Two Beavers were sent down on strikeouts in the ninth inning to seal the 1-0 win for the Lions. Hadden took his first loss of the season while going 7.2 innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. He finished with six strikeouts, five coming through the first five innings. Litchy, Riedel and Mastantuono were the only Beavers to record hits, while Mastantuono also reached on a walk. Four Beavers were left on base as BSU went 0-1 with runners in scoring position.

Game Two of the day began much like the first, as the Beavers again struggled to get its offense rolling. Though Joey Hanowski singled during the first at-bat of the game, the following three batters were unable to help move the runner. The Beavers also put a runner aboard in the third inning, but again were not able to make it pay off.

Pitcher Jack Stigman got through the first three innings allowing just two hits and striking out two. The Lions pulled away in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring nine runs on six hits with a grand slam capping the run. After hitting a double to follow the slam, MSSU lined into a double play to end the inning.

Bemidji State recorded its first runs of the day during the sixth inning as Hanowski singled to shortstop. Tyler Nelson followed Hanowski with a triple to right center to grab an RBI. Two batters later, Duane Miller singled to bring in Nelson and knock the Lions’ lead down to 9-2 exiting the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, though, the Lions extended the previous lead by adding six runs.

Hanowski and Nelson knocked back-to-back singles in the top of the eighth to spark a one-run inning. Miller singled to third base to bring Hanowski home for the Beavers' final run of the game.

The Beavers and Lions play the third of a four-game series tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Warren Turner Field. BSU and MSSU finish the series Sunday at 2 p.m.

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).