Minnesota State baseball split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against St. Cloud State at the BSU Baseball Field on Sunday night. Minnesota State won the first game 5-3 in nine innings before dropping the second game 9-6 in a scheduled seven-inning contest.
Minnesota State is now 26-9 (21-5 NSIC) and St. Cloud State is 22-11 (15-6 NSIC).
GAME 1 – Minnesota State 5, St. Cloud State 3 (9 Innings)
With runners on first and second base and the game tied 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, senior shortstop Luke Waldek laid down a bunt. The Huskies’ pitcher fielded the ball and tried to get an out at third base, but he threw the ball away — allowing junior left fielder Tyler Berg to score from second base. Sophomore pinch hitter Tory Miller followed with a two-run single that put the Mavericks up 5-2 and they held on for a 5-3 win in nine innings in game one.
Before the Mavericks scored in the ninth inning, all of the scoring in the game occurred in the first four innings. St. Cloud State scored two runs in the second inning and Minnesota State answered with single runs in the third and fourth innings. The game remained tied 2-2 until the Mavericks rallied in the top of the ninth to make the score 5-2. The Huskies scored on a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 5-3.
Junior right-hander Carlo Graffeo (3-2) pitched three innings in relief to pick up the win. Graffeo retired the first seven batters he faced before allowing a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Graffeo limited the Huskies to one run on two hits, while striking out three and walking none.
Senior right-hander Quinn Ahern received a no-decision after holding the Huskies to two runs on six hits over six innings. Ahern struck out six, while walking two.
Kyle Boser (3-4) was tagged with the loss for the Huskies after allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out seven and walking one over eight innings.
The Mavericks held an 11-8 edge in hits.
GAME 2 – St. Cloud State 9, Minnesota State 6 (7 Innings)
Minnesota State squandered an early 3-1 lead on its way to a 9-6 loss to St. Cloud State in game two.
The Mavericks broke a 1-1 tie when sophomore second baseman Teddy Peterson hit his second collegiate home run, a two-run shot, to left-center field in the top of the third. However, the Mavericks 3-1 lead was short-lived as the Huskies put together a four-run bottom of the third to go up 5-3. The Huskies then tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 7-3. The Mavericks clawed back and pulled within one run of the Huskies (7-6) after scoring two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. After the Huskies padded their lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Mavericks left the bases loaded during their final at-bat in the top of the seventh inning.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Divinski (4-1) was the losing pitcher for the first time this season in nine appearances (six starts). Divinski allowed five runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out two, over three innings. Divinski was hurt by the long ball as he allowed three home runs.
Matthew Osterberg (3-0) picked up the win for the Huskies, despite allowing five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. Osterberg struck out five and walked two.
Aaron Hammann (1-0) was credited with the save after pitching a scoreless 1 2/3 innings to end the game for the Huskies. He allowed two hits, struck out two and did not allow a walk.
Each team tallied 10 hits.
The Mavericks conclude their series against St. Cloud State with a doubleheader at 6:00 p.m., on Monday in Bemidji, Minn.