UMC postseason hopes alive.

    The University of Minnesota-Crookston baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive over the weekend as the squad swept a four-game series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

    UMC began its weekend sweep with a 7-4 victory Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Anthony Stewart led the club by going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Reed Hjelle went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI while Patrick Amerson went 1-for-2 with one RBI.

    Jayden Grover earned the win on the mound for UMC. He pitched 2.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits, one hit-by-pitch, one walk and two strikeouts.

    An 11-inning game fell in UMC’s favor in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader as the squad squeezed out an 8-7 win over UMD.

    Tied at 7-7 in the bottom of the 11th inning with two runners on base and one out, UMC’s Scott Mortenson lined out to center field to allow David Olson to tag and score from third.

    The win handed Zach Seipel his first win of the season on the mound. He pitched three innings and gave up one run on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

UMC sweeps Sunday doubleheader over UMD
    The Golden Eagles continued their success into Sunday’s doubleheader with a 5-1 victory in Game 1.

    Amerson went 2-for-4 at the plate with one run scored and one RBI.

    Justin Yutrzenka earned the win on the mound for UMC. He pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits, one hit-by-pitch, one wild pitch, four walks and seven strikeouts.

    UMC rounded out the four-game series with a 3-2 victory against the Bulldogs.

    UMC scored the game’s first run on an RBI single by Patrick Higgins.

    Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, UMC’s Zach Frazier reached on a fielder’s choice to allow Ethan Mushitz to score from third.

    The Golden Eagles took a 3-2 lead and win in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Mushitz to allow Hjelle to score.

    Gabriel Cavasos earned the win on the mound for UMC. He pitched two innings and gave up zero runs on zero hits while walking one batter and striking out two others.

    With the series sweep, UMC improves to 22-24 overall and 16-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Golden Eagles currently sit in eighth place in the NSIC standings.

    UMC finishes out the regular season with a four-game series with the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs  (13-31, 8-30 NSIC) May 5-6 in Marshall, Minn.