The Golden Eagles overcame a sixth inning deficit to win the final game of a four game series.
WAIPAHU, Hawai’i – The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team won Sunday’s finale against Hawai’i Pacific University 5-4 at Hans L’Orange Park in Waipahu, Hawai’i.
Minnesota Crookston ended their trip to the “Aloha State” with a 1-3 mark. Hawai’i Pacific took the series win as they ended the weekend with a 3-1 mark.
The Golden Eagles battled back down 4-2 in the sixth inning. Jonathan Lund (Jr., 3B, Tolna, N.D.) started the comeback with a double down the right field line in the sixth frame to plate Reed Hjelle (Jr., 1B, East Grand Forks, Minn.). A throwing error by the catcher allowed the tying run in the form of James Cullinane (Sr., OF, San Francisco, Calif.) to come across in the seventh. Hjelle then hit a sacrifice fly to plate David Anaya (R-Sr., IF, Tucson, Ariz.), which proved to be the game-winner.
Gabriel Cavasos (Sr., RHP, San Antonio, Texas) continued his strong pitching on the weekend as he went two innings in relief and picked up the win. Cavasos allowed just one hit as he shut out the Sharks. Cavasos had one strikeout. Cavasos has a 1-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA in five innings pitched in two appearances. He has allowed just four hits and has notched four strikeouts.
He handed it to one of the nation’s top closers in Zach Seipel (Sr., RHP, Eagan, Minn.), who has led the NSIC in saves with 23 in two years. Seipel picked up his first save after giving up no runs on one hit with four strikeouts in three innings.
Justin Yutrzenka (So., RHP, Argyle, Minn.) started on the bump for the Golden Eagles. He would go four innings and give up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Anthony Stewart (R-Sr., OF, Oak Harbor, Wash.) led the way for Minnesota Crookston as he was 4-of-5 in the leadoff spot with one RBI and one run scored. Cullinane was 2-of-4 with one run scored, while Hjelle was 1-of-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
The loss went to Charlie Brooks, who gave up five runs on six hits in six innings on the bump.
The Sharks were led by Wyatt Hoppie, who was 2-of-4 with one RBI. Trey Yukomoto was 2-of-4 with one RBI.
The Golden Eagles started the scoring when Ethan Mushitz (Sr., SS, East Grand Forks, Minn.) drove in Stewart. Minnesota Crookston moved the lead to 2-0 in the second when Stewart singled through the left side to plate Zach Frazier (R-Sr., C, Grand Rapids, Minn.).
Hawai’i Pacific came within 2-1 in the third when Tanner Tokunaga hit a sacrifice fly to plate Mitchell Bumann.
The Sharks knotted the game 2-2 in the fourth as Bumann hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Codi Santana. Hawai’i Pacific then took the lead 3-2 when Yukumoto singled to plate Kreston Woods.
The Sharks extended their lead to 4-2 when Hoppie singled through the left side to plate Tokunaga.
The Golden Eagles pulled within 4-3 when Lund doubled to bring Hjelle home in the sixth.
Minnesota Crookston knotted the game up 4-4 when Cullinane scored after a throwing error from the catcher. The Golden Eagles took the lead 5-4 with Hjelle’s sacrifice fly to plate Anaya. The run would prove to be the game-winner as Seipel shut down Hawai’i Pacific the rest of the way.
Minnesota Crookston will return to action Feb. 24 with a doubleheader at 1 and 3:30 p.m. against Dakota Wesleyan University in Wichita, Kan.