Bulldogs hand Beavers sweep in US Bank Stadium finale

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Win: Cunningham (1-1) 6.072216
Loss: Olson (1-1) 1.023221
Rumpca (BSU) 312110
Miller (BSU) 402000
Milazzo (UMD) 423100
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Win: Baumgard (1-1) 7.041116
Loss: Meyer (0-1) 4.043322
Milazzo (UMD) 322000
Farley (UMD) 412301
Miller (BSU) 211010
Riedel (BSU) 301000
Mastantuono (BSU) 301100
Haake (BSU) 301000
Bulldogs hand Beavers sweep in US Bank Stadium finale
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Bulldogs hand Beavers sweep in US Bank Stadium finale

MINNEAPOLIS (US Bank Stadium) -- University of Minnesota Duluth jumped on Bemidji State University baseball early Thursday afternoon in a 16-3 and 6-1 sweep in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium. UMD (8-8) took the lead first in both games over BSU (4-12) in non-conference matchups.

Game One
Minnesota Duluth got out to a fast start while reaching its first five batters on base and scoring three of those. UMD continued its hot hitting with seven hits in the bottom of the second inning to extend its lead to 8-0. After UMD crossed one run in the bottom of the fourth, senior Matt Mastantuono set up BSU for its first run of the day with a double to right field. Senior Ryan Rumpca followed Mastantuono’s double with one of his own. Freshman Noah Boser drove in his third RBI of the season with a single to cut the UMD lead to 9-2. The Bulldogs built their lead further with seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings.

Freshman starting pitcher Jake Olson (1-1) took the loss in the game after throwing 1.0 innings with one strikeout and three earned runs allowed. Bulldogs pitcher Ryan Cunningham (1-1) earned the win after throwing 6.0 innings with six strikeouts and seven hits and two earned runs allowed.

Game Two
UMD also took the first lead in game two with a sac fly in the top of the first inning before a two-RBI single put the Bulldogs up, 3-0, in the second. Senior Duane Miller led off the bottom of the second with a ground rule double that was followed by a RBI by senior Logan Riedel. Minnesota Duluth again kept Bemidji State down with a three-run home run in the fifth inning for the final runs of the game.

BSU freshman starting pitcher Alec Meyer (0-1) went 4.0 innings with three earned runs and four hits allowed with two strikeouts in the loss. UMD starter Colin Baumgard (1-1) threw a complete game and allowed four hits and one earned run with six strikeouts.

Bemidji State wraps up its season-opening road trip March 26-27 at Winona State University. The Beavers and Warriors play a four-game series with doubleheaders on each day. The games were pushed back one day due to the threat of rain on Friday and Saturday. First pitch Sunday will be at 1:30 followed by a noon start-time Monday.

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).