Beavers salvage NSIC series with strong final game win versus Warriors

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Win: Stalsberg (2-4) 6.085387
Loss: Lesinski (0-5) 5.086630
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Win: Stigman (2-3) 6.0106629
Loss: Watzka (0-1) 1.267741
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Krause (WSU) 423300
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Beavers salvage NSIC series with strong final game win versus Warriors
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Beavers salvage NSIC series with strong final game win versus Warriors

WINONA, Minn. (Loughrey Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team followed up a doubleheader game one loss against Winona State University with its best ball of the weekend in a game two win. The Beavers (6-24, 3-11 NSIC) fell in game three of the series, 7-5, and took game four, 17-7, behind three home runs against the Warriors (9-17, 6-7 NSIC).

Game Three: Warriors 7, Beavers 5

The Warriors scored often early, three runs in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third, to build a 6-3 lead through three innings. Left fielder Scott Litchy, shortstop Collin Eckman and designated hitter Mason Cisneros each drove in one RBI through the first three innings for Bemidji State. Right fielder Tyler Nelson pulled the Beavers within two runs as a RBI single up the middle drove in the runner from third and placed another 90 feet from home with two outs in the fourth inning.

The Beavers saw an opportunity to tie the game in the sixth inning with two runners on base and no outs. Nelson drove in his second run with a single to right center field to pull within 7-5. Litchy grounded out following the score and catcher Gunner Olszewski was thrown out at home trying to bring BSU within one run for the final threat of the game.

Starting pitcher Mark Lesinski (0-5) took the loss after throwing 5.0 innings with eight hits allowed and six earned runs. Relief pitcher Patrick Gonzalez entered for 2.0 innings of work, striking out four of six batters faced and allowing one hit.

Game Four: Warriors 7, Beavers 17

The momentum from the sixth inning of the first game of the day carried over to the bottom of the first in the second game. Hanowski, Olszewski and Nelson each reached base to begin the game and set up Litchy with a bases loaded opportunity and no outs. Litchy came through with a RBI single through the right side to put the Beavers up 1-0. With the bases loaded, center fielder Logan Riedel hit a sacrifice fly to score the runner from third before the team exited the opening frame with a 2-0 advantage.

The Beavers again loaded the bases in the second inning, as Olszewski stepped to the plate with one out. He drove in one run on a ground out to first base to bring Bemidji State within one, 4-3. Litchy, with another bases loaded plate appearance two batters later, again turned in a run-scoring hit with a two-RBI single to left center field. Riedel added to the 5-4 lead with a two-run double to right center.

Eckman hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field, in the bottom of the third to hold a 9-6 lead. Bemidji State extended the lead again with a six-run fourth inning. With runners on the corners and no outs, first baseman Mason Bellew singled up the middle to drive in one run. Second baseman Duane Miller put the ball in play with the bases loaded to induce a fielding error and bring two more runs home. Eckman added his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to center fielder to drive in Cisneros from third and give Bemidji State a 13-6 lead. Olszewski continued the hitting assault with his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field to go up 15-6.

Nelson tied the Bemidji State program single-season record for triples after hitting his fifth of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning. His fifth three-bagger of 2016 also put him atop the conference in the category. A lead off walk in the fifth inning by Riedel set up one run to score off a throwing error from the catcher to second base. The Warriors’ third error of the game gave the Beavers a 10-run, 16-6, lead. Bellew secured the Beavers’ win in seven innings with a solo home run to put BSU up by 10 runs, 17-7.

Bemidji State starting pitcher Jack Stigman (2-3) earned the win after throwing 6.0 innings with 10 hits allowed and a career high nine strikeouts. The Beavers limited the Warriors’ starting pitcher, Jacob Wayzata (0-1), to 1.2 innings pitched on six hits and seven earned runs in his first loss of the season.

Bemidji State opens its 2016 home campaign Wednesday, April 13 against University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles play a doubleheader at BSU Baseball Field beginning at 2 p.m.

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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).