MSU baseball splits doubleheader

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minot State baseball team split a doubleheader vs. Concordia-St. Paul on Monday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. The Beavers fell 4-1 in the first game before winning 3-2 in the second game.

Minot State moved to 2-4 on the season while the Golden Bears opened their season 1-1.

Game One

Concordia-St. Paul took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off an RBI double down the left field line. Minot State threatened in the bottom half of the first inning with back-to-back singles from Wyatt Schlosser and Michael Borst before Darrel Doll and Celestino Rodriguez were retired on strikeouts to end the rally.

The Golden Bears doubled their lead in the fifth inning off an infield single to third base before adding another run in the sixth inning off an RBI double to take a 3-0 lead. CSP tacked on one more run in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 4-0.

Minot State scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Trevaun Smith reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second before Geordie McDougall singled home Smith to trim the deficit to 4-1. Kyle Williamson followed with a flyout to right center, clinching Concordia-St. Paul’s 4-1 victory in the first game.

The Golden Bears scored four runs on eight hits and committed no errors while Minot State scored their run on four hits and committed one defensive error.

Justin Demary fell to 0-2 on the season while pitching a complete game on the mound. Demary struck out one batter and walked another while giving up four runs, including three earned.

McDougall led Minot State with one hit and an RBI at the plate. Schlosser, Borst and Dustin Wilcox also recorded one hit apiece for the Beavers.

Game Two

Minot State bounced back in the second game for a 3-2 victory to win their second game of the season.

The Golden Bears scored the first run of the game in the second inning off an RBI double to left field.

After only having three hits in the first five innings, the Minot State offense exploded for three runs off four hits in the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Williamson opened the inning with a ground-rule double to center field. Schlosser tied the game with an RBI double to left center, scoring Williamson.

Schlosser stole third base after Borst grounded out to third. Rodriguez launched a two-run home run to left field to record his second home run of the season and extend Minot State’s lead to 3-1.

Concordia-St. Paul responded in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run from Connor Trygstad, trimming Minot State’s lead in half at 3-2.

Andres Hackman retired the Golden Bears in order in the seventh inning to earn the complete-game victory. Hackman struck out five batters and walked one while yielding two earned runs on seven hits.

Ethan Fleming was the lone Beaver to record two hits at the plate while five other Beavers tallied one hit.

Rodriguez recorded one home run and drove in two runs while Schlosser drove in one run on a double.

Other Minot State players to record a hit were Williamson, Borst and McDougall.

Minot State returns to action this weekend as the Beavers travel to Kearney, Neb. for a three-game series at University of Nebraska at Kearney on Friday-Saturday, March 9-11. Friday and Saturday’s games begin at 2 p.m. while Sunday’s game starts at noon.

– Minot State athletics