The Minnesota Crookston baseball team fell 12-4 in game one Wednesday at UMC Baseball Field and held an early lead over Minot State in game two after a strong performance from Richie Navratil (So., P, Blansko, Czech Republic) but ultimately fell 14-7. The Golden Eagles fall to 1-38 (1-24 NSIC). Minot State improves to 12-22 (4-16 NSIC).
The Golden Eagles will return to the ball diamond for game Saturday and Sunday against Southwest Minnesota State. The games have been moved to Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 12 and 2 p.m. They were moved from Marshall, Minn., due to a strong chance of inclement weather in southwest Minnesota. With the games being played in Crookston that will give UMC 12-straight home games to finish off the year after not playing a game at the UMC Baseball Field until April 25.
Ryan Haggstrom (Fr., C/UT, Apple Valley, Minn.) struggled with command early on and went four innings, giving up eight runs, six of them earned on five hits with seven walks and four strikeouts. Haggstrom would suffer the loss in game one.
Minot State would score four runs in the first inning to start game one. Alex Forshell would score the first run of the game, crossing the plate on a Haggstrom wild pitch. An A.J. Begay double to right center would clear the bases later in the inning, scoring Andrew Roach, Conner Moughtin and Mike Turcotte to make the game 4-0.
Jarrett Duchscher got the win for the Beavers after going six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits including four strikeouts.
Korte had a perfect game to lead the Golden Eagles going 4-for-4 for the game with two runs scored. Crane was 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI’s while Cesar Espinoza (Sr., 1B, Tucson, Ariz.) was 2-for-3 for the game.
The Beavers were led by Moughtin, who was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s. A.J. Begay was 2-for-5 with three RBI’s while Richter was 2-for-2 with two RBI’s and one run scored.
Navratil would get the ball in game two, going five innings, giving up six runs, five of them earned, on seven hits.
The Golden Eagles would put together a big inning as Crane singled up the middle to score Korte and Josh Brehmer (Jr., 2B/SS, Roseville, Minn.). Prill then doubled to right center to plate Crane. Colton Haight (Fr., C/OF, Rogers, Minn.) would continue the inning as he reached on an error by the center fielder bringing Prill across the bag to give UMC a 4-1 advantage.
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The Golden Eagles would add to their lead in the second inning as Prill singled up the middle to score Crane to make it 5-1.
Navratil would shut down Minot State in the second, third and fourth to preserve the Beaver lead. However, Minot State would however get to Navratil in the fifth for two runs as Turcotte tripled to left center to plate Jordan Gilmour and Corbyn Shields to make it 5-3.
The Beavers would get to Navratil in the top of the sixth as well. Shayne Court plated two runs to tie the game as Begay and Moughtin would score.
Crane led the team in game two, going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored. Korte would go 2-for-5 with three runs scored while Brehmer was 2-for-6 with one run scored.
Paasch would get the game two loss after pitching to five batters and getting nobody out, allowing three earned runs on two hits with three walks. Buttermore would go three innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits while Prill pitched one inning, giving up one unearned run on one hit.
Doug Rolfson would get the win in relief for the Beavers pitching one-and-one-third inning and giving up two earned runs on four hits.
Jamin Heller started for Minot State and pitched four-and-two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, four of them earned, on 10 hits.