Warriors sweep weekend opener over Beavers

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Warriors sweep weekend opener over Beavers
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Warriors sweep weekend opener over Beavers

WINONA, Minn. (Loughrey Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team left Saturday’s series opener against Winona State University with two losses, 7-4 and 6-4. The Beavers (5-23, 2-10 NSIC), originally scheduled to play in Bemidji, Minn., served as the home team against the Warriors (8-16, 5-6 NSIC).

Game one was pushed to extras after the Beavers held a 4-3 lead entering the sixth inning. Three runs in the eighth inning gave the Warriors the advantage while the Beavers made a rally in the sixth inning of game two that fell just short.

Game One: Warriors 7, Beavers 4

The Beavers scored one run in each of the first three innings to hold a 3-1 lead entering the fourth. Singles by second baseman Joey Hanowski and right fielder Tyler Nelson in the bottom of the first set up left fielder Scott Litchy for his first RBI of the day. After the Warriors tied the game in the top of the second inning, catcher Gunner Olszewski hit his first triple of the season to drive in shortstop Collin Eckman. Lead off singles by Nelson and Litchy in the third inning allowed designated hitter Mason Cisneros to drive in Nelson for the third run in as many innings for the Beavers.

Eckman recorded his first hit of the day to retake Bemidji State’s lead in the fifth inning. Cisneros scored an unearned run after reaching base on a hit by pitch. The Warriors continued their chase for the Beavers by tying the game again, 4-4, in the sixth inning. Winona State scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, leading to the win in game one.

Starting pitcher Terry Hadden (0-4) exited the game after 5.2 innings pitched and a 4-4 tie to receive a no decision. Left-hander Nate Heisick (3-4) took the loss after 2.0 innings pitched, two earned runs and one strikeout.

Game Two: Warriors 6, Beavers 4

Winona State took early-game momentum in game two, scoring six of the game’s first seven runs through five innings. The Beavers made a rally effort in the sixth inning, scoring four runs. A fielding error by the Warriors led to back-to-back singles by the Beavers to drive in the first run. Following first baseman Mason Bellew’s RBI single, Eckman hit a sacrifice fly and third baseman Joey Hanowski hit a RBI single up the middle to pull within two. A walk drawn by center fielder Nick Hovila set up a bases loaded opportunity, but with two outs, Nelson popped up to end the inning.

An error by Bemidji State and a single from Winona State in the top of the seventh inning set up one of the more rare plays in baseball. A ball well hit to right field appeared to WSU to hit off the wall before Nelson was able to get a glove on it. Nelson proceeded to begin the 9-3-4 triple play to retire the top half of the inning. The Beavers were shut down in their last opportunity with two strikeouts.

Starting pitcher Ryan Fransen (0-4) was recorded with the loss after throwing 4.0 innings with nine hits allowed, six earned runs and two strikeouts. Relief pitchers Luke Benge (0-1) and Ben Boser (0-0) combined for 3.0 innings pitched with no runs allowed.

The Beavers and Warriors close the four-game series with a doubleheader Sunday at 12 p.m. Bemidji State will then return home April 13 to face University of Minnesota Crookston in its home opener.

For more information on the Bemidji State baseball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeaversBase or @BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers).

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).