Cisneros, Litchy aid in rally of game one in sweep to Oklahoma City

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Win: Parra (2-1) 2.011112
Loss: Heisick (1-1) 3.122203
Litchy (BSU) 433401
Argo (OCU) 533100
Lytle (OCU) 413401
Foster (OCU) 413200
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Win: Janisse (2-2) 5.0101104
Loss: Stigman (1-2) 5.0106613
Hanowski (BSU) 403200
Cisneros (BSU) 303200
Lytle (OCU) 323200
Cisneros, Litchy aid in rally of game one in sweep to Oklahoma City
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Cisneros, Litchy aid in rally of game one in sweep to Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jim Wade Stadium) -- Despite strong hitting days from designated hitter Mason Cisneros and left fielder Scott Litchy, the Bemidji State University baseball team fell in both game of a doubleheader to Oklahoma City University, 11-9 and 7-4. The Beavers (2-9, 0-0 NSIC) and Stars (16-7) went to extra innings in the opening game before OCU won in seven in the final contest of the day.

Cisneros finished with five RBI on the day while Litchy added four in game one. Litchy came up one double shy of a cycle as the Beavers opened its spring trip.

The Stars began a trend in the bottom of the first of at least one run scored in each half inning. The Beavers continued the trend in the second as designated hitter Mason Cisneros hit a two-RBI single to left field to tie the game at two runs apiece.

While Oklahoma City regained the lead in the bottom of the second, Bemidji State took its first lead of the right after. Back-to-back hits, including Litchy’s third triple of the season, put BSU up by one. An attempt at a double play ball by OCU turned up as only one after the shortstop bobbled the ball on the throw to first. The miscue allowed the Beavers’ third run of the inning to score to take a 5-3 lead.

The Beavers allowed five runs in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth, but didn’t allow another through the next three innings. Trailing three runs heading into the top of the seventh, Litchy followed the lead of third baseman Joey Hanowski and right fielder Tyler Nelson, who began the rally inning with back-to-back singles, and knocked out his second home run of the season past the right field wall.

Relief pitcher Nate Heisick (1-1), despite retiring the first 10 batters faced, took his first loss of the season. He finished with three strikeouts and two hits allowed. Right-hander Terry Hadden began the game on the mound and went 3.2 innings with one strikeout. Litchy went 3-of-4 from the plate with four RBI and three runs scored while Cisneros added three RBI.

Game two’s starting pitcher Jack Stigman began the contest facing one batter above the minimum through two innings. Oklahoma City took its first and final lead of the game in the third with a two-RBI double and a two-run home run. Cisneros answered in the fourth with a two-out RBI single, the only run the team would produce in the inning.

The Stars added two runs in the bottom of the fifth just before the Beavers put up their most productive inning of the game. Cisneros added his second RBI and third hit of the contest while Hanowski drove in his first two RBI with a double to left center field. BSU finished the half inning looking at a 6-4 deficit before OCU added on to the lead again with a home run.

Stigman (1-2) finished 5.0 innings on the mound with three strikeouts in his second loss of the season. Relief pitcher Luke Benge entered the game in the sixth inning to finish the game.

The Beavers and Stars close out the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. from Jim Wade Stadium. Bemidji State will then move on to Lubbock, Texas to continue its spring trip.

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).