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BASEBALL: Bemidji State rallies to earn split with No. 22 St. Cloud State

ST. CLOUD — The Bemidji State baseball team was shut out for 15 innings during a doubleheader against No. 22 St. Cloud State Saturday in St. Cloud.

The Beavers made the 16th inning count.

The Huskies shut out the Beavers 8-0 in game one but the Beavers scored three runs in the top of the ninth and held on to win game two by a 3-2 score, splitting the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Joe Faber Field.

After the Huskies (31-10, 20-7 NSIC) dominated game one the Beavers (19-18, 13-11 NSIC) finally found a spark in the final inning of game two.

Tyler Nelson and Chad Hanson hit back-to-back doubles of St. Cloud State’s Reese Gregory in the ninth inning to make it 3-0. They were BSU’s first runs of the day.

But the Huskies didn’t back down, scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning off BSU’s Drake Huggans.

Sam Boisner and Garrett Fischer each singled off Huggans to make it 3-2 and had the tying and winning runs on base before Huggans forced a groundout to get the win.

Jesse Katz started for BSU and went 7 1/3 innings. He gave up just four hits and walked none.

Tyler Saeugling threw for 2/3 of an inning and earned the win after coming in to relieve Katz in the eighth.

Huggans earned the save, his eighth of the season.

Gregory took the loss for St. Cloud in relief.

In game one it was all Huskies.

Logan Spitzack threw a six-hit shutout for the Huskies, who gained the winning run in the first inning when a double by Brandon Arnold scored Eric Loxtercamp to make it 1-0.

St. Cloud also scored four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Logan Ridel had two hits for BSU while Bo Scmitz and Zach Braun had the other two hits.

BSU’s Derek Masberg was the losing pitcher for BSU with 10 hits and eight runs allowed in 4 2/3 innings of work. SCSU outhit the Beavers 12-6.

The Beavers travel to Marshall, Minn., to take on Southwest Minnesota State in another NSIC doubleheader Wednesday.

The Beavers need one more win to reach 20 for the third consecutive season for the first time in program history.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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