"Beaver Bash" goes to Bemidji State in road sweep

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Win: Heisick (4-5) 5.052226
Loss: Daniels (0-3) 6.184424
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Win: Petray (1-2) 5.054404
Loss: Berntson (2-4) 6.0137711
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"Beaver Bash" goes to Bemidji State in road sweep
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (Corbett Field) -- Pitcher Nate Heisick and outfielder Scott Litchy combined for impressive performances Wednesday to lead the Bemidji State University baseball team on a 4-2, 18-13 sweep of Minot State University at Corbett Field. Heisick threw a career high six strikeouts in game one for BSU (11-27, 8-14 NSIC) while Litchy hit seven RBI, two doubles and a triple in game two against MSU (4-23, 1-12 NSIC).

Game One: BSU 4, MSU 2

First baseman Mason Bellew led off Bemidji State’s run production in game one with a leadoff home run in the third inning. Three Beavers followed with back-to-back-to-back singles, the final of which was sent to right field and scored shortstop Collin Eckman from third. The first outs of the inning came via a double play on the next batter but was able to score third baseman Joey Hanowski from third for a 3-0 lead.

Minot State hit two solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth for the team’s only runs of the day. MSU saw just one runner reach scoring position the rest of the way as the duo of Heisick and relief pitcher Logan Riedel finished out the win.

Two singles and a walk in the seventh inning brought home Bemidji State’s fourth run of the game. Hovila knocked in his second RBI on his second single.

Heisick (4-5) finished with the win after throwing 5.0 innings with a career-high six strikeouts, five hits allowed and two earned runs. Riedel threw the final 2.0 innings with one hit allowed. Minot State’s Kendal Daniels (0-3) was credited with the loss after 6.1 innings pitched, eight hits allowed and four earned runs.

Game Two: BSU 18, MSU 13

Four consecutive singles by Bemidji State to lead off game two help the offense take a 2-0 lead. Litchy pushed a single through the gap to right field to drive in both runs. Minot State answered in the bottom half with the first of its three solo home runs to cut the BSU lead in half.

BSU put its first six batters of the fifth inning on base to build its lead. Litchy doubled to third to drive in two runs while an error added another to the board. Cisneros followed up Litchy’s at bat with his first home run of the season, a two-run dinger, to set Bemidji State’s lead at 7-1.

After Minot State led off the fifth and sixth innings with solo home runs, Litchy hit his second double of the game for an 8-4 Bemidji State lead. He continued his extra-base hits in the eighth inning as BSU added five runs. Catcher Gunner Olszewski hit a three-run home run, his sixth of the season, before Litchy tripled to drive in a run and designated hitter Mason Cisneros grounded out to drive in one. Bemidj State finished the top of the inning with a 13-4 lead.

MSU left the bottom of the eighth inning trailing one run, 13-12, after an eight-run frame. Bemidji State built its lead again in the final inning Hanowski and outfielder Tyler Nelson recorded two-RBI hits followed by Litchy’s seventh RBI of the day with a single. His fifth hit in six at bats in the game set up pitcher Ryan Fransen to finish the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Starting pitcher Zack Petray (1-2) earned his first win of the season after 5.0 innings of work with four strikeouts and four earned runs allowed. Minot State starter Austin Berntson (2-5) took the loss after 6.0 innings pitched, 13 hits allowed and seven earned runs.

Bemidji State continues its NSIC action at home as University of Minnesota Duluth enters BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers and Bulldogs play a four-game series Saturday and Sunday with game times of 1:30 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.

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).