Stigman strikeouts help BSU split Sunday doubleheader at Winona State

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Loss: Hadden (0-3) 3.0108403
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Win: Stigman (1-2) 6.061117
Loss: Krimmer (0-1) 6.063325
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Stigman strikeouts help BSU split Sunday doubleheader at Winona State
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Stigman strikeouts help BSU split Sunday doubleheader at Winona State

WINONA, Minn. (Loughrey Field) -- Senior starting pitcher Jack Stigman came two strikeouts shy of his season and career highs to help the Bemidji State University baseball team to a doubleheader split Sunday against Winona State University at Loughrey Field in Winona, Minn. BSU (5-13) dropped the first game of the series, 8-3, to WSU (4-12) before Stigman tallied seven strikeouts in a 5-2 win in game two.

Game One
The Warriors struck first during game one with a six-run first inning that included six hits, five singles and one double. WSU added its final two runs of the game in the third inning with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to hold an 8-0 lead. The Beavers took advantage of a throwing error in the fifth inning as senior Ben Boser doubled to right field and crossed home plate after stealing third.

Boser helped BSU create momentum needing a rally in the seventh inning with two men on base as a single to right field drove in one run. Senior Ryan Rumpca followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in senior Collin Eckman, but a strike out ended the game during BSU’s next at bat.

Senior starting pitcher Terry Hadden (0-3) took the loss after throwing 3.0 innings and allowing four earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. Junior pitcher Drew Phillips finished the final 3.0 innings of play while allowing just one hit with one strikeout. The Warriors starting pitcher Mitchell Stalsberg (2-2) earned his second win of the season after going 5.0 innings and allowing no earned runs and three hits with 10 strikeouts.

Game Two
The team that scored first had won 13 times over BSU’s 17 games heading into game two against WSU. Bemidji State made it 14 after scoring two runs in the third inning. Sophomore Gunner Olszewski recorded the team’s first hit of the game before senior Mason Bellew hit an RBI double to left center field. Two batters later, Boser drove in Bellew with a single to left field to give BSU a 2-0 lead.

The Beavers extended the lead to 3-0 as Olszewski drove in senior Logan Riedel, who opened the sixth inning with a leadoff double. Junior Scott Litchy made an impact during his first day back from injury with an RBI single to center field in the seventh inning to put BSU up, 4-1. A leadoff single and two Winona State errors in the eighth inning led to one BSU run and a 5-1 lead.

Senior starting pitcher Jack Stigman (1-2) threw 6.0 innings in the win while allowing just one run on six hits and totaling seven strikeouts, two shy of his season and career highs. WSU starting pitcher Hayden Krimmer (0-1) was credited with the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Junior Will Thurston threw in relief for 2.0 innings with two hits and one run allowed. Junior Jack Wittwer earned his second save of the season after pitching in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Bemidji State and Winona State close out the four-game series with a doubleheader Monday at Loughrey Field. The Beavers and Warriors throw the first pitch at 12 p.m.

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).