The Golden Eagles could not keep up with the Beavers' offense in their seventh and eighth straight losses.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston came out of their slump offensively with 11 runs on 22 hits over two games, but fell short in a doubleheader to Minot State University. The Golden Eagles slip to an eight-game skid following losses by 7-6 and 9-5 to the Beavers Tues., March 27 at Watford City Baseball Stadium in Watford City, N.D.
The Golden Eagles drop to 10-13 (0-8 NSIC) with Tuesday’s losses. Minnesota Crookston made a lot of strides in the game after struggling against Concordia University-St. Paul and nationally-ranked Augustana University, but they ultimately fell short. Minot State improves to 10-10 (8-2 NSIC) with the wins. The Beavers are currently second in the NSIC standings as they have won their last five games.
The Golden Eagles battled back from a 7-2 deficit in the first game, but came up just shy despite scoring four runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Minnesota Crookston fell 7-6 to Minot State.
Ethan Mushitz (Sr., SS, East Grand Forks, Minn.) had a big game offensively as he went 2-of-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored with a pair of home runs.
Justin Yutrzenka (So., RHP, Argyle, Minn.) got the start on the hill, but struggled over his three innings as he gave up seven runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 3.1 innings.
Jayvon Cervantes got the win for Minot State as he gave up three runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Justin Demary got the save for Minot State, striking out 2-of-4 batters faced.
Minot State had a big first inning with three quick runs. Wyatt Schlosser opened up the scoring with a double to left center to drive in Kyle Williamson. Michael Borst continued the scoring as he tripled down the right field line to plate Schlosser. The Beavers concluded their scoring as Celestino Rodriguez singled to right field to bring home Borst and extend the lead to 3-0.
Minnesota Crookston got on the board in the top of the second when Anthony Stewart (R-Sr., OF, Oak Harbor, Wash.) singled to left center to drive in Wyatt Peppel (R-So., DH, Greenbush, Minn.) as they cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Beavers lengthened their lead as Schlosser continued his big day with his first home run of the day to move the lead to 4-1.
Minnesota Crookston countered as Mushitz launched one over the fence in right center to cut the lead to 4-2.
Minot State was able to extend their lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the third when Dustin Wilcox doubled to drive in Rodriguez.
Minnesota Crookston threatened in the top of the fourth as they loaded the bases with singles from Peppel and David Anaya (R-Sr., 2B, Tucson, Ariz.) and an error allowing Mitchell Bornhauser (Sr., OF, Northfield, Minn.) to reach. However, James Cullinane (Sr., OF, San Francisco, Calif.) struck out as the Golden Eagles left three runners on the bases.
The Beavers widened their lead with a big bottom of the fourth. Schlosser hit his second home run of the day, another solo shot, to open up the frame. Borst then came in to score on a Rodriguez sacrifice fly as Minot State ended the frame up 7-2.
Minnesota Crookston slashed the deficit to 7-3 as Jonathan Lund (Jr., 3B, Tolna, N.D.) hit his first home run of the season in the top of the fifth.
The Golden Eagles came through with a crucial top of the sixth inning as they made things interesting. With runners on the corners, Mushitz delivered his second home run of the day to plate Mushitz, Anaya and Stewart and cut the lead to 7-6. Minnesota Crookston was unable to knot the score up as Reed Hjelle (Jr., 1B, East Grand Forks, Minn.) was left stranded on second after he walked with two outs.
Minnesota Crookston put the game-tying run to open the top of the seventh as Peppel was hit by a pitch. The runner moved over into scoring position on a Zach Frazier (R-Sr., C, Grand Rapids, Minn.) sacrifice bunt. Demary came through and struck out the last two batters to preserve the 7-6 win for Minot State.
In addition to Mushitz, Stewart had a good day as he went 2-of-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Peppel finished 2-of-2 with one run scored, while Anaya finished 2-of-4.
Minot State was paced by Schlosser, who went 3-of-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Rodriguez finished 1-of-2 with two RBIs and one run scored, while Borst was 1-of-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Minnesota Crookston had a strong performance from their bullpen. Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., LHP, Crookston, Minn.) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up just one hit and no runs. Jacob Butcher (R-Sr., RHP, Palmer, Alaska) went one inning and gave up no runs on one hit with one strikeout. Esten Beneda (R-So., RHP, Lankin, N.D.) continued his strong relief pitching as he gave up no runs on no hits with one strikeout.
The Golden Eagles were knotted up 5-5 with Minot State in the top of the sixth inning before the Beavers closed out the game with four runs in the final three frames to come away with a 9-5 victory.
Stewart, who was 3-of-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored on two solo home runs, paced Minnesota Crookston in the game. He led the Golden Eagles as they came away with 12 hits. Minnesota Crookston posted 22 hits in the two games after not posting double-digit hits since March 12 against Pace University. Scott Mortenson (Sr., OF, East Grand Forks, Minn.) finished the game 4-of-5 with one run scored, while Mushitz was 1-of-2 with one run scored.
Jayden Grover (So., RHP, Cooperstown, N.D.) got the ball in game two for Minnesota Crookston and gave up four earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Gabriel Cavasos (Sr., RHP, San Antonio, Texas) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in one inning. Louis Gerzin (Jr., RHP, Ely, Minn.) allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Zach Seipel (Jr., RHP, Eagan, Minn.) gave up no runs with two strikeouts and three walks in one frame.
Darrel Doll got the start for Minot State and allowed no runs on three hits with one inning. Tannar Galey picked up the win for the Beavers as he gave up just one run on one hit in 1.2 innings with one strikeout. Wyatt Moore earned the save in one inning of work.
Stewart got Minnesota Crookston off on the right foot with a solo shot over the right field fence to move the lead to 1-0. A second run crossed as Peppel reached on a throwing error at third base, allowing Hjelle to score.
Minot State responded with three runs in the bottom half of the first. A double from Doll to right center brought in Schlosser and Borst to knot the game up 2-2. Trevaun Smith then delivered a double to plate Doll and move the lead to 3-2.
Minnesota Crookston moved back into the lead 4-3 in the top of the second when Hjelle doubled to left field to bring in Mushitz and Mortenson.
Minot State countered and took the lead back as Schlosser used his third home run of the day to drive in himself and Logan Morse. The Beavers held a 5-4 lead at the conclusion of the second inning.
The Golden Eagles had back-to-back innings in the fourth and fifth with leaving two runners stranded. Minnesota Crookston finally broke through in the top of the sixth with his second home run of the day to knot the contest up 5-5.
Minot State responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth off Cavasos as Smith and Ethan Fleming hit back-to-back home runs to put the Beavers ahead 7-5.
The Beavers moved the advantage to 8-5 as Schlosser hit his fourth home run of the day. Andrew Black continued the scoring as an RBI ground out plated Borst to make it 9-5.
Minnesota Crookston opened the top of the ninth with a single from Mortenson and a walk by Mushitz. However, Moore came on to get three straight outs as Minot State came away with the 9-5 win to pick up the Tuesday sweep.
The Beavers looked to Schlosser, who was 2-of-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Doll finished 2-of-5 with two RBIs and one run scored. Smith finished 2-of-4 with two RBIs and one run scored.
Minnesota Crookston returns to action Thurs., March 28 and Fri., March 29. The games have been relocated from Crookston, Minn., to Winona, Minn. due to field conditions at UMC Baseball Field. The games will be Thursday at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and Friday at 12 and 2 p.m