Olszewski helps force extras in Beavers weekend sweep to Bulldogs

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Olszewski helps force extras in Beavers weekend sweep to Bulldogs
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Olszewski helps force extras in Beavers weekend sweep to Bulldogs

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team fought back in day two of the four-game series against University of Minnesota Duluth but late efforts in game three and extra innings in game four kept BSU from avoiding the sweep at BSU Baseball Field Saturday. The Beavers (11-31, 8-18 NSIC) held a lead after the fourth inning of a 4-3 loss before freshman catcher Gunner Olszewski forced extra innings with a two-run home run of a 10-6 loss against the Bulldogs (27-9, 20-4 NSIC).

Game Three: UMD 4, BSU 3

Both teams put up runs in the first inning, Minnesota Duluth with two and Bemidji State with one. Third baseman Joey Hanowski led off the bottom of the frame with a leadoff double to set up a RBI single to right field by left fielder Scott Litchy. The Beavers grounded into a double play to exit the inning with a 2-1 deficit.

Litchy sparked back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth inning with catcher Gunner Olszewski putting a hit to left field. Designated hitter Logan Riedel bunted the duo over to second and third to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Second baseman Duane Miller put a pitch in play to draw an error on the throw from shortstop to first base, allowing Litchy and Olszewski to score for a 3-2 Bemidji State lead.

The Bulldogs hit a two-run home run in the following inning to solidify the 4-3 lead.

Starting pitcher Mark Lesinski (1-6) was recorded with the loss after throwing a complete game with four earned runs and three strikeouts. Bulldog’s starter Kevin Stocke (2-1) earned the win after throwing 4.0 innings with six hits allowed and two earned runs.

Game Four/10: UMD 10, BSU 6

The Beavers put up two runs in the bottom of the first frame to matches the Bulldogs from the top half. Hanowski hit a leadoff double for the second consecutive game before center fielder Nick Hovila hit a single. Right fielder Tyler Nelson laid down a bunt in an attempt to score Hanowski and move Hovila to second, but a fielder’s choice attempting to throw out the runner to home went high and allowed all runners to move safely. Litchy followed with a single to center field to tie the game at 2-2 heading out of the first inning.

The Bulldogs broke the tie in the third inning with a solo home run and added two runs in the fifth. The Beavers put runners in scoring position four times through the next five innings, two coming with two outs. Litchy was responsible for the Beavers’ next run in the bottom of the seventh, bringing in Nelson from first and reaching third on an error by the center fielder. The next batter struck out, stranding Litchy at third, to keep BSU’s deficit at 5-3.

Riedel singled up the middle to lead off the eighth inning, knocking the second pitch of the at bat straight up the middle to center field. Olszewski proceeded to tie the game with a two-run dinger to left center field, his seventh home run of the season to rank second on the team.

Though the Beavers were able to force extra innings, the Bulldogs scored five runs in the top of the 10th on four runs to hold a 10-5 lead. First baseman Mason Bellew hit his fourth home run of the season in the bottom half of the inning before UMD closed out the game.

Starting pitcher Ryan Fransen (1-4) finished with a no decision, pitching 6.0 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts and one walk before the game was tied 5-5 in the eighth. Relief pitcher Wes Mleziva (2-0) earned the win after 1.2 innings of work allowing one hit and no runs.

Bemidji State continues home games as No. 2 St. Cloud State University enters BSU Baseball Field for a mid-week series. The Beavers and Huskies play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

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).