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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • College baseball: Golden Eagles remain winless after Mavericks take 4 games

  • It was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) opener for both teams.
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  • Minnesota Crookston fell to 0-17 with four losses in two days to No. 11 Minnesota State at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. On Sunday the Mavericks pounded the Golden Eagles 9-0 and 10-0 and Monday's games were similar, with 3-0 and 12-2 victories for Minnesota State.
     
    It was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) opener for both teams.
     
    The schedule doesn't let up for UMC either as they will travel to Wayne, Neb. Friday and Saturday for four games with Wayne State and then to St. Cloud for a doubleheader with St. Cloud State on April 3. Both of those opponents are in the top half of the NSIC standings.
     
    The Golden Eagles' home opener is set for April 6-7 with four games against Northern State.
     
    Games 1 & 2
    Strong pitching from Minnesota State's Harvey Martin and Jason Hoppe would lead the No. 11 Mavericks past the University of Minnesota Crookston 9-0 and 10-0 Sunday night.
     
    The Golden Eagles struggled in game one but were toe-to-toe with the Mavericks in game two down only 4-0 going into the bottom of the eighth inning after getting strong pitching from junior Matt Korte (St. Cloud, Minn.). Korte would give up just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings pitched for UMC.
     
    Martin, a 2012 Daktronics Honorable Mention All-America selection, pitched a one-hit shutout in his five innings on the mound as he would pick up a victory for the Mavericks.  
     
    Senior J.C. Crane (C/OF/P, Tucson, Ariz.) would get the start on the bump for the Golden Eagles and would go 3 1/3 innings, giving up six earned run on six hits. Crane would give up just one run in the first two innings but would give up five runs in the third and fourth innings as he picked up his second loss of the season.
     
    Freshman Nathan Linstad (P/UT, Inkster, N.D.) would pitch the sixth inning for Minnesota Crookston and would give up just one walk in his only frame.
     
    In game two, Korte and Hoppe would engage in a pitcher's duel through the first five innings as Korte would give up just two runs on five hits while Hoppe pitched a two-hit shutout through five. Hoppe would continue his shutout through seven innings, giving up just two hits, until he was relieved by Nick Sutherland in the eighth.
     
    The Mavericks would finish game two with 14 hits led by Olson, who would go 3-of-5 with four runs batted in and two runs scored. McCallum was 4-of-5 for the game with two RBI's and one run scored.
     
    Games 3 & 4
    Page 2 of 2 - Junior Jon Mittag (Glenville, Minn.) got the start on the bump in game one for the Golden Eagles and put on a dominant pitching performance as he had a perfect game through three innings and a no-hitter going through the first four innings against the Mavericks.
     
    With Mittag throwing a no hitter, the Golden Eagles looked to get on the board in the fourth inning as Senior Jordan Pril (1B/P, Melrose, Minn.) hit a ground-rule double down the left field line to lead off the inning. With one out, sophomore Brooks Miller (IF/OF/P, Moorhead, Minn.) would hit a single to center field to move Prill to third. But back-to-back strikeouts stranded the runners.
     
    Minnesota State was finally able to hit Mittag in the bottom of the fifth and would get two runs out of it.
     
    Mittag finished the game going five innings, with two runs, none of them earned, on two hits with two strikeouts.
     
    Tyler Ockuly picked up the win for the Mavericks after giving up three hits and no earned runs in six innings with 11 strikeouts.
     
    Freshman Ryan Haggstrom (P/UT, Apple Valley, Minn.), Crane, Prill and Miller all had hits for the Golden Eagles in game one.
     
    In game two, sophomore Joe Miller (Winona, Minn.) made his second start of the season as he missed the start of the season due to an elbow injury. Miller would suffer the loss, his second of the year, after giving up nine earned runs on four hits with five walks in two-and-a-third innings pitched.
     
    Reliever Nathan Trelstad got the win for the Mavericks after pitching the fifth inning and giving up no earned runs and no hits.
     
    The Golden Eagles had three hits in game two with Prill, Jennings and Crane getting on base for UMC.

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