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BSU BASEBALL: BSU falls short in bid to make playoffs

BEMIDJI -- The BSU baseball team wrapped up its 2014 season with a split against Minot State Sunday.

BSU dropped game one 3-2 in eight innings before winning 3-0 in the second game to finish the season 21-22 overall and an even 15-15 in NSIC play.

Both BSU and Minot State entered Sunday with hope of making the postseason, but the split, combined with a SMSU sweep over Northern State led to BSU finishing ninth and Minot State finishing eighth in a conference that sends eight teams to the postseason.

BSU struck first in the opening game when Tyler Nelson drew a bases-loaded walk to score Cole Bjorge in the bottom of the second inning.

Minot State answered with a run in the third inning and the two teams traded runs in the seventh inning to send the game to an extra inning.

Connor Moughtin's RBI single in the top half of the eighth proved to be the difference maker for Minot.

Nate Heisick dropped to 4-3 on the season with the loss. He allowed one run on two hits while working the eighth inning.

Tyler Saeugling allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work for BSU.

Jesse Goertzen earned the win for Minot State with a shutout inning in relief, while Alec Grothe recorded the final two outs to earn his third save of the season.

Jesse Katz delivered another strong pitching performance for BSU in game two, as he scattered six hits and did not walk a batter in a shutout win (2-1.)

Zach Braun singled home Nelson in the bottom of the third inning to give Katz an early 1-0 lead and Logan Riedel and Mason Bellew each delivered a sacrifice fly in the later innings to provide insurance runs.

Nelson led the offensive attack for BSU with three hits in the second game and four on the day.

The win marked the end of the careers for BSU seniors Bjorge, Braun, Chad Hanson, and Miles Campbell.