Baseball falls just short in Friday NSIC sweep to No. 19 Mavericks

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Loss: Stigman (2-4) 7.042224
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Win: Digrugilliers Ricky (5-0) 8.042103
Loss: Benge (2-2) 1.114022
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Baseball falls just short in Friday NSIC sweep to No. 19 Mavericks
Friday, April 21, 2017
Baseball falls just short in Friday NSIC sweep to No. 19 Mavericks

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Senior pitcher Jack Stigman and junior Scott Litchy did their parts for the Bemidji State University baseball program Friday afternoon despite a series-opening sweep to No. 19 Minnesota State University Mankato at BSU Baseball Field in Bemidji, Minn. Stigman threw a complete game in a 2-1 game one loss to MSU (32-7, 27-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) while Litchy hit a triple and double with four RBI in a 11-6 game two loss for BSU (13-25, 10-16 NSIC).

Game One
Game one featured a pitcher’s duel that produced just 12 hits on the day, eight coming from Bemidji State. The Beavers totaled hits in each of the first four innings but could not get a runner past second base. A walk and hit by pitch set up Minnesota State for its first run of the day as Luke Waldek hit an RBI single through the left side to put MSU up, 1-0. Sophomore Gunner Olszewski, with runners on first and second base, recorded his second hit of the day through the right side to drive in the game-tying score. MSU put up its first extra-base hit of the game in the seventh that led to the eventual game-winner as Noah Bluth singled to left field to drive in Tommy McDonald.

Stigman (2-4) took the loss despite throwing a complete game and allowing four hits with four strikeouts. Minnesota State pitcher Brody Rodning (5-2) earned the win after going 7.0 innings with one earned run allowed on eight hits with seven strikeouts.

Game Two
Bemidji State carried over its early hitting from game one to game two as junior Scott Litchy drove in two runs on a triple and senior Logan Riedel drove in one on a triple, both hits going to the right center field gap, to help BSU take a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Minnesota State cut the Bemidji State lead in half with one swing of the bat as Dylan Dresel sent a two-run shot past left field in the top of the third inning. The Mavericks tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning on back-to-back hits, as a triple to right center field and a single to left center field each drove in one run. MSU took its first lead of the game off three BSU errors and one hit in the top of the sixth inning, crossing four runs for an 8-4 advantage, before adding two more in the eighth for a 10-4 lead.

After BSU failed to reach a base runner during 18 straight at-bats, senior Ben Boser led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to shortstop followed by an error that allowed senior Ryan Rumpca to reach base. Litchy drove in his third and fourth RBIs of the after Rumpca’s at-bat on a deep double to left center field to cut the deficit to 10-6.

BSU pitcher Luke Benge (2-2) took the loss on the day after allowing four unearned runs in 1.1 innings of work. Mavericks pitcher Ricky Digrugilliers (5-0) earned the win after going 8.0 innings with one earned run allowed on four hits with three strikeouts.

Bemidji State and Minnesota State conclude the four-game series with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at BSU Baseball Field.

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).