Hovila comes through with game-winning hit in 12 inning, 5-3 win

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Hovila comes through with game-winning hit in 12 inning, 5-3 win
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Hovila comes through with game-winning hit in 12 inning, 5-3 win

ALVA, Okla. (Myers Stadium) -- Senior Tyler Nelson got the Bemidji State University baseball team off to a quick start Tuesday in a 5-3 win in extra innings at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Nelson extended his season-opening hit streak to 12 games while junior Nick Hovila sent home the game-winning RBIs in the 12th innings for the Beavers (3-10, 0-0 NSIC) against the Rangers (8-17) at Myers Stadium.

Nelson, entering the game with an 11-game hitting streak, sparked the Beavers first inning runs with a single to left field. His streak-extending hit drove in the quick go-ahead score before he advanced to third on two passed balls. Left fielder Scott Litchy double for an RBI and second baseman Duane Miller singled for the third and final run for BSU in the top half of the inning.

After allowing a lead off bunt, starting pitcher Zach Petray set the pace for the next five innings. He faced three batters above the minimum, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts, through the first five innings. It wasn’t until the sixth frame that the Rangers first struck, sending a two-run home run past the right center field wall to trail, 3-2. The Rangers tied the game in the eighth inning with an RBI single.

The Beavers had a chance to bring in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning with two outs and a runner on third. The bases became loaded when three batters later, the pitcher fielded a ground ball for the out to end BSU’s chance in the 10th. The Beavers faced another opportunity in the 12th, as a double by first baseman Mason Bellew put runners on second and third with one out. Hovila immediately brought both home on his first hit of the night for the go-ahead runs.

Petray (0-1) took a no decision after 7.0 innings pitched and three strikeouts before the game was tied. Nate Heisick (2-1) took the win in relief, going 4.0 innings with a career high six strikeouts.

The Beavers and Rangers close out the two-game series at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Myers Stadium. Bemidji State will then close out its spring trip at William Jewell College at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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).