Minnesota State baseball split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against St. Cloud State at the BSU Baseball Field on Monday night. Minnesota State lost the first game 2-1 before rebounding to win the second game 8-2.
With the doubleheader split, Minnesota State (27-10, 22-6 NSIC) and St. Cloud State (23-12, 16-7) each won two games in their four-game NSIC series.
GAME 1 – St. Cloud State 2, Minnesota State 1
Junior right fielder Jordan Hart hit his second home run in as many days, but the Mavericks lost game one of the doubleheader 2-1.
The Huskies scored both their runs in the third inning against freshman right-hander Cam Kline (1-1), who started on the mound for the Mavericks. After the Huskies scored twice off Kline and had the bases loaded with nobody out in the third inning, junior right-hander Bobby Gauvreau came out the bullpen to stop the Huskies’ rally. Gauvreau retired three consecutive batters to end the inning with the Mavericks trailing 2-0.
However, the Maverick offense was unable to mount a comeback – tallying three hits in the game. The Mavericks’ lone run came on Hart’s team-leading fourth homer of the season — a solo shot to right field in the top of the fourth inning.
Kline was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits over two innings. Kline struck out one, while walking one and hitting two batters.
Gauvreau recorded his longest performance of the season with four scoreless innings in relief. He held the Huskies to one hit, while walking two and striking out a season-high five batters.
Dominic Austing (4-1) picked up the win for the Huskies. Austing held the Mavericks to one run on three hits in a seven-inning complete game. He struck out seven without allowing a walk.
GAME 2 – Minnesota State 8, St. Cloud State 2
Minnesota State used a five-run fourth inning to pull away from St. Cloud State for an 8-2 win in game two.
The Mavericks led 2-0 going into the fifth inning and led 7-0 when the inning ended. Minnesota State had four hits in the inning and scored single runs on base hits by senior center fielder Josh Wenzel and junior right fielder Jordan Hart, an RBI groundout off the bat of Ty Buck, a bases-loaded balk by the pitcher, and a bases-loaded walk by senior shortstop Luke Waldek.
Four Maverick pitchers combined to limit the Huskies to two runs in the game. Sophomore right-hander Jon Ludwig made his first start of the season and did not allow a run over three innings. Ludwig held the Huskies to two hits, while striking out five and not walking a batter. Senior left-hander Aaron Rozek (6-2) came into the game in the fourth inning and held the Huskies to two runs on two hits over five innings. Rozek struck out seven and walked three. Junior right-handers Sam Noel and Carlo Graffeo combined to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win. Noel recorded one out, but loaded the bases with two hits and a walk. Graffeo came into the game and induced a double play to secure the win.
The Maverick offense scored its final run in the top of the ninth inning.
Wenzel (3-of-6), Hart (3-of-5), sophomore third baseman Tory Miller (3-of-5) and Buck (2-of-5) each had multi-hit games.
Six Mavericks drove in runs, including a game-high two RBI by senior first baseman Dylan Dresel. Dresel also paced the Mavericks in runs scored with two.
Trevor Koenig (2-1) was on the short end of the decision after allowing four runs on six hits over three innings of work. Koenig struck out four, while walking one.
The Mavericks outhit the Huskies 14-6.
Minnesota State returns to action against Augustana this weekend at Bowyer Field. Doubleheaders are scheduled for 1:30 p.m., on Saturday and 12:00 p.m., on Sunday.