Beavers Baseball closes out season with Senior Day versus Mustangs

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Win: McGlauflin (1-2) 4.072212
Loss: Herd (0-2) 2.053310
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Litchy (BSU) 612101
Bellew (BSU) 502000
Rumpca (BSU) 602000
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Southwest Minn State13010409111
Bemidji State2000501882
Win: Williams (1-2) 2.211124
Loss: Benge (0-2) 1.123220
Branson (SMSU) 513500
Hanowski (BSU) 423000
Beavers Baseball closes out season with Senior Day versus Mustangs
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Beavers Baseball closes out season with Senior Day versus Mustangs

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team finished the 2016 season Wednesday at BSU Baseball Field with 8-7 and 9-8 losses to Southwest Minnesota State University. The Beavers (14-36, 11-23 NSIC) pushed for extra innings in game one before making a rally attempt in game two of senior day against the Mustangs (8-31, 6-18 NSIC).

Seniors Cody Benson, Joey Hanowski, Nate Heisick, Tyler Nelson, Steven Prichard and Matthew Wixon were all recognized after the games during the team’s senior day. Heisick started game one on the mound and Benson started game two while the remaining four also started both games.

Game One: SMSU 8, BSU 7

Bemidji State took the early lead in game one of the day as center fielder Logan Riedel showed good base running skills to score from third. Set up by a double from Riedel, Nelson was picked off 1-3-4-3 to allow Riedel to take home and a 1-0 lead for BSU. The Mustangs put up four runs in the fourth inning to take its first lead of the day.

Both teams traded scores from the fourth inning until the bottom of the fifth, in which the Beavers pulled within one run to trail 5-4. With two outs, shortstop Collin Eckman gave the Beavers back-to-back singles with a shot up the middle. Designated hitter Steven Prichard, hitting a single prior to Eckman’s, scored on the play to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Pitcher Patrick Gonzalez (1-2) entered the game in the sixth inning to retire the first eight batters faced, including five strikeouts. He finished allowing one hit and no runs before a pitching change in the top of the 10th inning. The Mustangs retook the lead on the first pitch of the 10th, sending a home run past the left field fence. Left fielder Scott Litchy answered with his seventh home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom half.

SMSU again scored in the 11th inning on a two-RBI single up the middle. Duane Miller, entering the game in the 10th as a pinch runner, hit an RBI single up the middle as well to bring BSU within one run. With runners on the corners and two outs, third baseman Ryan Rumpca slapped a ball towards the right side but struck Miller on the base path to end the game.

Heisick (4-6), making his final start as a Beaver, finished with a no decision after pitching 5.0 innings with five strikeouts. Michael Herd (0-2) took the loss with 2.0 innings thrown and three earned runs allowed.

Game Two: SMSU 9, BSU 8

The Beavers again scored in the first inning of game two, as the first four batters reached base. Nelson singled to left field to drive in Hanowski and tie the game at 1-1. On the ensuing batter, Nelson attempted to steal second, which allowed center fielder Nick Hovila to take home and a 2-1 lead. A bases loaded triple by SMSU in the second inning drove in three runs to retake the lead before an RBI single in the fourth to go up, 5-2.

Right fielder Gunner Olszewski took advantage of a bases loaded opportunity in the bottom of the fifth inning, sending a one-out pitch to right field and bring Bemidji State within two runs. Miller knocked a ball towards shortstop, drawing an error that allowed three runs to score and a 6-5 BSU lead. Miller later came home on a double steal with two outs to extend the lead to 7-5.

The Mustangs came back with a multi-run inning of their own in the sixth off a double, single and an error to take a 9-7 lead. The Beavers led off the bottom of the final frame by reaching the first two batters on base, including moving Olszewski to third. A sacrifice bunt cut the deficit to one but the next two batters struck out and flied out to end the game.

Benson (0-0) took a no decision after leaving the game in the top of the third while Luke Benge (0-2) was recorded with the loss.

Hanowski finishes his Bemidji State career as the program’s all-time leading hitter with 207. Nelson was close behind with 194 and totaled 89 hits on the season to set the program’s single-season hit record.

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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).