Hillcats jump on Beavers early in 18-0 spring trip loss

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Win: B. Knoten (2-1) 5.020010
Loss: Riedel (0-2) 1.187611
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Hillcats jump on Beavers early in 18-0 spring trip loss
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hillcats jump on Beavers early in 18-0 spring trip loss

CLAREMORE, Okla. (Diamond Sports Complex) -- An early deficit controlled Bemidji State University baseball’s destiny Tuesday afternoon as Rogers State University took a 18-0 win at Diamond Sports Complex in Claremore, Okla. The Beavers (2-7) faced a 7-0 hole after two innings to the Hillcats (14-8) while stranding five runners in the same span.

The Hilcats jumped out early to take the game’s momentum with seven runs over the first two innings, including three in the first and four in the second. Bradley Degnan hit a three-run home run in the second to give RSU a 7-0 lead over BSU. The Beavers totaled four runners in scoring position over the first two innings, including runners on second and third in the first and bases loaded in the second, but came up empty. Rogers State continued to hit the ball while scoring in each of the final five innings.

Senior starting pitcher Logan Riedel (0-2) took the loss after throwing 1.1 innings with one strikeout and eight hits and six earned runs allowed. Senior pitcher Luke Benge threw 2.2 innings in relief with two strikeouts and two hits allowed. Cole Easley, Tommy Geisenhof, Michael Herd, Alec Meyer and Drew Phillips combined to finish on the mound. The Hillcats pitcher Brock Knoten (2-1) was credited with the win after throwing 5.0 innings while allowing two hits and no runs.

Bemidji State travels to Pittsburg State University Wednesday to finish its non-conference portion of the spring trip. The Beavers and Gorillas will play one nine-inning game with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Al Ortolani Field in Pittsburg, Kan.

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).