Home opener spoiled for Beavers Baseball in sweep to Golden Eagles

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Loss: Heisick (3-5) 4.284414
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Win: Wahlberg (6-1) 7.084422
Loss: Petray (0-2) 2.286511
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Home opener spoiled for Beavers Baseball in sweep to Golden Eagles
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Home opener spoiled for Beavers Baseball in sweep to Golden Eagles

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Senior third baseman Joey Hanowski produced RBI in both of the Bemidji State University baseball team’s home opening doubleheader games against the University of Minnesota Crookston Wednesday afternoon but his efforts didn’t stop a spoiler in a sweep. The Beavers (6-26, 3-13 NSIC) and Golden Eagles (15-10, 8-3 NSIC) scored the only runs of a 4-1 game one in the fifth inning while a BSU rally attempt fell short in a 12-5 game two loss.

Game One: Golden Eagles 4, Beavers 1

All of game one’s action was seen in the fifth inning as the game’s only scoring frame. In the top half, the Golden Eagles hit a one-out solo home run to spark a four-run inning. Two doubles followed to score another run and set up a two-run home run.

The Beavers came back in the bottom half with three consecutive singles, the last by third baseman Joey Hanowski, to score second baseman Duane Miller from third. Minnesota Crookston made its first pitching change of the day following the RBI single and retired the next two batters for Bemidji State. BSU didn’t see another scoring opportunity as each of the next six batters were sent down in order.

Starting pitcher Nate Heisick (3-5) took the loss after 4.2 innings pitched, four earned runs and four strikeouts. Jarad Nelson earned the win for the Golden Eagles after 4.1 innings, six hits and one earned run.

Game Two: Golden Eagles 12, Beavers 5

Both teams scored in the first frame of game two as the Golden Eagles put two of their first three batters on base with singles. The second single brought in UMC’s only run of the top half. Left fielder Scott Litchy hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to score catcher Gunner Olszewski from third to tie the game.

Hanowski led off the third inning with a walk to set up Litchy’s second RBI of the game. With runners on the corners, Litchy put a ball in play that ended as an error and a run scored for Bemidji State. UMC built an 8-2 lead despite the BSU score through six innings.

Hanowski rounded the bags to lead off the seventh inning for his second home run of the season and to cut the deficit to 8-3. Right fielder Tyler Nelson followed two batters later to double off the left center field wall and set up a RBI-single by designated hitter Mason Cisneros, again bringing the deficit down to 8-4. The Golden Eagles held on for the win with four runs in the top half of the ninth inning while the Beavers scored one in the bottom half.

Starting pitcher Zack Petray (0-1) was recorded with the loss after 2.2 innings pitched, one earned run and one strikeout. Nolan Wahlberg earned the win for the Golden Eagles with 7.0 innings pitched, eight hits and four earned runs.

Bemidji State remains at home to host University of Sioux Falls Saturday and Sunday. The Beavers and Cougars play a four-game series at BSU Baseball Field beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.

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).