Beavers stifled at the plate in 10-1 loss to Cardinals in series finale

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Win: Stephenson (1-0) 5.050034
Loss: Stigman (0-1) 3.2109711
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Beavers stifled at the plate in 10-1 loss to Cardinals in series finale
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Beavers stifled at the plate in 10-1 loss to Cardinals in series finale

LIBERTY, Mo. (Talley Baseball Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team found itself stifled at the plate Sunday afternoon in a 10-1 series finale loss to William Jewell College at Talley Baseball Stadium. Junior left fielder Kai Haake drove in BSU’s (1-2) lone run of the day for his first career RBI as the Cardinals move to 5-4 on the season.

William Jewell built its lead early in the day, scoring all 10 of its runs within the first three innings. The Cardinals scored three runs in each of the first two innings, leading off with four singles and a sacrifice fly in the first. Two singles and two doubles, all coming with two outs in the second, extended WJC’s lead to 6-0 heading into the top of the third. The Cardinals added their final four runs in the fourth inning, capped by a two-run dinger by Zach Saalfeld.

Senior first baseman Mason Bellew led the sixth inning off by reaching base on an error before senior short stop Collin Eckman put two runners on base with his first hit of the season. Haake drove in Bellew from third one batter later for BSU’s only run. The Beavers left 14 runners on base throughout the game and at least two in five innings.

Cardinals starting pitcher Mack Stephenson (1-0) earned the win after allowing five hits with four strikeouts and no runs allowed in 5.0 innings pitched. Senior starting pitcher Jack Stigman (0-1) was credited with the loss after allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Ptichers Luke Benge, Trent McDougall and Logan Riedel combined for 4.1 innings pitched with four hits and one earned run allowed.

Bemidji State begins its spring trip with a doubleheader against Upper Iowa University at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Beavers and Peacocks will play two games, starting with a seven-inning meeting and finishing with a nine-inning game.

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).