|April 22, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Rozek (2-1)||2.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Loss: Riedel (2-4)||1.2||2||2||2||0||1|
|April 22, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Bauer (7-0)||8.1||7||3||2||0||6|
|Loss: Meyer (0-3)||1.1||1||1||1||0||4|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Two runs separated the Bemidji State University baseball program from No. 19 Minnesota State University Mankato Saturday afternoon in two losses to close out a four-game series at BSU Baseball Field in Bemidji, Minn. BSU (13-27, 10-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) led 6-0 before falling 7-6 in game one and led 2-0 early in a 4-3 game two loss to MSU (34-7, 29-3 NSIC).
The Beavers jumped on the Mavericks early in game one and rode it out through the fifth inning before MSU finally got on the scoreboard. Senior Collin Eckman, junior Scott Litchy and sophomore Gunner Olszewski each recorded an RBI in the first inning to put BSU up 3-0 after the first frame. Senior Logan Riedel put up his only RBI of the game in the third inning while Eckman hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in Olszewski for a 5-0 lead after three. Senior Ryan Rumpca followed a leadoff double by junior Kai Haake with a sacrifice fly to right field for BSU’s final run of the day and a 6-0 advantage after four innings.
The Mavericks hit four home runs for all seven of their runs, all coming after the fourth inning past right field with assist by a 16 mile per hour wind. Dylan Dresel knocked out a three-run dinger in the fifth inning and then cut the deficit to one with a two-run home run by Ryan Moffett in the sixth. Two solo home runs in the top of the seventh inning gave MSU the game-tying and eventual game-winning runs on back-to-back swings.
Riedel (2-4) entered to pitch for 1.2 innings in the loss and allowed two earned runs on two hits with one strikeout. BSU starting pitcher Connor McNallan took a no decision after going 5.1 innings with five earned runs allowed on five hits with four strikeouts. Mavericks pitcher Aaron Rozek (2-1) earned the win after closing out the final 2.0 innings with no runs and no hits allowed with three strikeouts.
Senior Ben Boser and Rumpca each reached base to begin the second game of the day while Boser was brought home on an RBI swing by Olszewski. The run was BSU’s third straight game with runs in the first inning as the Beavers left the first with a 1-0 lead. Freshman Isaiah Grancorvitz gave BSU its second run of the game in the second inning on a single up the middle to drive in Eckman from second.
The Mavericks totaled six hits in the top of the third inning and tied the game at 2-2 but left three runners stranded after loading the bases with one out. Minnesota State finished off the doubleheader in the same fashion as game one after hitting a go-ahead solo home run to lead off the ninth inning. Olszewski opened the bottom of the ninth inning with his 10th double of the season to put the game-tying run at the plate. Eckman singled down the left field line to drive in Olszewski and put the game-winning run at the plate. Two fielder’s choices, including one that allowed senior Duane Miller on base by an error, followed with the game ending on a strikeout.
Freshman pitcher Alex Meyer (0-3) was credited with the loss after going 1.1 innings and allowing the solo home run in the ninth inning. Meyer finished the day retiring four batters, all by strikeout. Mavericks pitcher Mitchell Bauer (7-0) took the win after going 8.1 innings with two earned runs allowed on seven hits with six strikeouts.
Bemidji State hits the road for its next series, a doubleheader at University of Mary Wednesday, April 26. The Beavers and Marauders will play two games beginning at 1 p.m. from Bismarck Municipal Ballpark in Bismarck, N.D.
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).